The Neem Tree Lounge & Restaurant is in the Dubai International Financial Centre,  offering the finest Emirati cuisine and interiors to reflect the region’s fascinating culture. The neem tree, known as the wonder tree, was introduced to the UAE from the Indian subcontinent for its environmental and ornamental values. When 4SPACE surveyed the location, they found an established neem tree existed onsite.

Project Name: Neem Tree
Studio Name: 4SPACE

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The designers suggested naming the restaurant after the tree, retaining it, and placing the design around the neem concept. DIFC offers an urban collective of dining options and is home to some of the city’s best restaurants. Neem Tree Lounge & Restaurant was formerly the project site office.

Neem Tree Lounge & Restaurant is all about Emirati culture, climate, resources and food. The chefs present important native Emirati dishes to the diners. 4SPACE was tasked with authentically reflecting the traditional lifestyles and customs of the UAE people. 4SPACE used simple building materials and techniques to celebrate conventional construction yet reflect extraordinary design so important in this modern city.

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Architecture from the region is naturally curved and symbolises sacred and secular spaces. Curves introduce an organic feeling; you’ll never find perfectly straight lines in nature. 4SPACE has used modern archways throughout the design, which help define large spaces without completely cutting the connection between them. Outside, the gardens are landscaped with many neem trees, water features and fabric shades.

The venue has culturally influenced elements from across the region. The expansive floor-to-ceiling windows allow daylight to flood into the open spaces giving them a bright and airy feel. The arches give a slightly oriental touch.

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4SPACE had to reinforce the existing building to form open spaces suitable for dining. Designers repurposed the building from a workplace into a restaurant venue. It required many structural changes and presented workflow and space planning challenges. Neem Tree Lounge & Restaurant is surrounded by imposing skyscrapers in the middle of the busy financial hub of the city. The façade design is unique with its simplicity and creates a visual contrast to its surroundings. Art Painting Lab created the Picasso-esque artwork murals on the restaurant walls. The colourful logo and unique design added a pop of colour to the otherwise neutral palette allowing the restaurant to stand out from the surrounding modern skyscrapers.

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