Bahrain Bay,
Kingdom of Bahrain

The External Environment

dpa lighting consultants have worked together with Skidmore Owings and Merrill Architects (SOM) on a number of different projects within the US$ 2.5 billion Bahrain Bay land reclamation project in Bahrain.

The project consists of a central island connected by two bridges to the mainland of Bahrain, which creates a sheltered inner harbour.

Our initial work was on a site-wide Masterplan for which we developed lighting strategies for the road systems, pedestrian promenades, canals, the marina and the various commercial developments proposed.

For this dpa developed road and pathway lighting layouts, included the concept design for a series of  bespoke street lighting columns for the main Avenues. All bridge lighting was to be kept at low level without the use of any lighting columns to sympathise with the architect’s vision of a slim bridge. This resulted in the proposal for another bespoke lighting solution to be incorporated within to the bridge design itself.

In other areas dpa developed concept proposals for light art installations for the various communal break out areas and squares designed to encourage the public to engage and interact with the space. A more creative use of architectural lighting was explored in order to visually enhance the night time appearance of some of the more utilitarian looking pieces of architecture, such as a water tower, and transform them into vibrant landmarks, which would also double as way finding aids to mark key junctions and destinations for drivers and pedestrians alike.

We were then appointed for the detailed design of a number of the buildings proposed for the site, all of which are being designed by SOM Architects. These include; The Four Season’s hotel a centrepiece for the development; The Arcapita Bank Headquarters and an associated private Mosque; Salhia Tower, a commercial office tower; Palace Apartments, a mixed-use development with retail podium and apartment towers; The North and South Mosques – two public buildings located adjacent to the Southern Marina and the Central Canal.