Project name: Wavehouse

Location:  Atlantis the Palm Resort, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Date Completed: 31st January 2019

Interior Designer:  Paul Bishop

Developer: Atlantis the Palm


Wavehouse is the pioneer in new-age dining & entertainment destinations.

Bishop Design by Paul Bishop were commissioned to create a dedicated family entertainment destination in the heart of Dubai’s renowned Atlantis The Palm hotel. The brief from the hotel brand and hospitality heavy-weights Solutions Leisure envisaged the entity to become a first for the region, if not the world, as the venue would become a collective of spaces which would seamlessly morph into each other offering up endless dining and entertainment scenarios; from a dedicated restaurant, adult-only bar & external terrace through to gaming redemption areas, soft play zones, augmented reality experience & bowling alley.

The inherited space was a nightclub venue which required intense demolition and creative design applications. Ceilings were required to be removed to create a split-level mezzanine for both ground and upper levels, encompassing uninterrupted sight lines throughout which would culminate with the incorporation of an active wave machine – accessible from the Atlantis water park yet dedicated to the Wavehouse itself. Aesthetic aspirations called for a hybrid of industrial meets surf shack; stripped back, refined yet synonymous with an urban style. Catering to all was an integral driving force behind the design integrity, as the venue was to become a desirable destination for people of all generations.

The venue was created to become the only licensed venue immediately accessible from the water park, with guests of both the restaurant and water park able to enjoy. Its “rustic beach bar meets industrial gastropub” ambiance was desired to appeal to all thrill-seekers & foodies alike, and its versatile, dynamic approach to entertainment was envisaged to create a hotspot for any type of clientele.

The bar encompasses a multitude of spatial experiences and layering’s, intriguing guests to penetrate through to the external terrace as the varying platforms cascade down to form a visual connection to the wave machine. This prime viewing spot allows for exclusive access to the surfing antics below, becoming an integral part of the venue. Upon sunset, the adrenaline pumping machine becomes solely inherited by Wavehouse guests, elevating the venues entertainment facilities to the absolute premium.