Ensuring the Atlantis’s legacy
Superdurable Interpon D architectural powder coatings from AkzoNobel are helping to protect and enhance Dubai’s latest billion-dollar luxury hotel and resort, Atlantis The Royal, with products that beautifully mimic the appearance of terracotta, ensuring its beauty and style for generations to come.
Constructed in two Lego-like structures connected by a bridge, the $1.4bn project is the latest jewel in Dubai’s crown of luxury hotels and resorts and opened its doors to the public on February 10, 2023. The unique concept was designed by the award-winning team of Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates.
The challenge for the resort’s designers and architects was to find a powder coating that could protect aluminium surfaces and girders in a climate of extreme heat and corrosive salt spray from the coast, and with a finish that would complement the warm terracotta tones of Dubai’s landscape.
The solution was an Interpon D2525 superdurable powder coating which delivers the classic appearance of terracotta, without having any of the downsides of sourcing, transporting, installing and maintaining the real thing.
Crucially, being an Interpon powder coating, the D2525 is free of harmful substances and Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs). And no powder coating is lost to the environment when applied; coaters can collect overspray and re-use the powder, making it a better choice for the environment.
Although the design was completed and specified in the US, Interpon’s global presence, the consistency of its products worldwide, and flexibility in offering different textures and finishes everywhere meant that the coating itself could be handled in Dubai without the need for costly shipments.
Sanal Limoncuoglu, AkzoNobel’s Commercial Director Powder Coatings South & East Europe and Middle East and Africa, says the project is a great example of Interpon’s ongoing commitment to support its customers with innovative and sustainable solutions: “Extraordinary buildings need extraordinary solutions. Our architectural range of powder coatings gives architects and designers the freedom to make the improbable possible and dreams a reality. Our products were chosen for their ability to help create earthy natural tones whilst meeting tight industry specifications and demanding weather conditions.”
Launched during a three-day star-studded event, Atlantis The Royal welcomed Beyoncé and other celebrities to officially open the resort, ensuring its introduction to the world was as good as the Interpon powder coating protecting it.