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Akin opens second outlet of 'Barber & Shop' at The Beach, Dubai

The latest Akin Barber & Shop outlet at The Beach development in Dubai Marina - designed by Anarchitect - sets up an elite, adaptable module design for the brand.

by Jincy Iype Aug 20, 2019

Imagine getting a haircut, or a razor shave, seated in a sleek, modern salon, adjacent to a beach, with the sea and the Dubai sun embracing you lightly – the salon brand Akin realises this refreshing vision, with its latest addition at The Beach development in Dubai’s Marina district, UAE. Designed by architectural practice Anarchitect, based in London and Dubai, this salon captures Dubai’s soul of permeating luxury and novelty, with its space effective interiors.

A key feature of the design is the ash timber module, which was originally designed by the firm for its first Akin Barber & Shop on Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai. The latest installment of the Akin salon, at The Beach, displays a similar ash timber structure as its major interior element, and is now recognised as a signature of the Akin brand. Inspired by lightweight beach structures, this solid ash frame fits cleverly into the small space of the salon, hugging its walls and corners, conveying a sense of height and lightness. An engineered method of design results in a space-cutting, self-supporting modular frame, which can house a barber station, as well as a retail display, an entrance door, shelving, waiting bench and a panelled wall system. This structure is intended to adapt to new locations, as an inlet for each new Akin to be reconfigured to achieve the same craft, detail and material.

  • The timber module against the dark background provides modish, compartmentalised areas within the barbershop | Akin at The Beach| Akin Barber and Shop| Anarchitect| STIR
    The timber module against the dark background provides modish, compartmentalised areas within the barbershop Image Credit: Marc Goodwin
  • The interiors present a refined material palette of solid ash and precise metal finishes| Akin at The Beach| Akin Barber and Shop| Anarchitect| STIR
    The interiors present a refined material palette of solid ash and precise metal finishes Image Credit: Marc Goodwin

Akin at The Beach indulges in vintage-style, heavy duty barber shop chairs along with neutral mosaic tiling and parquet floors. A contrast is provided with a refined material palette populating its interiors, which includes solid ash, precise metal finishes and custom resin sinks. It occupies a compact area of 38 sqm, and the backbone of this design is both spatial and programme centric. The compact space packs in a functional layout with four barber stations, and full height slot windows, which fill the salon with natural daylight, taking advantage of the year round Dubai sun and its proximity to the beach.

  • Full height slot windows at the salon let in sunlight| Akin at The Beach| Akin Barber and Shop| Anarchitect| STIR
    Full height slot windows at the salon let in sunlight Image Credit: Marc Goodwin
  • Heavy duty chairs at the barber shop| Akin at The Beach| Akin Barber and Shop| Anarchitect| STIR
    Heavy duty chairs at the barber shop Image Credit: Marc Goodwin
  • The latest Akin Barber & Shop at The Beach, designed by Anarchitect| Akin at The Beach| Akin Barber and Shop| Anarchitect| STIR
    The latest Akin Barber & Shop at The Beach, designed by Anarchitect Image Credit: Marc Goodwin
  • Akin Barber & Shop at the Beach, Dubai Marina, UAE, by Anarchitect| Akin at The Beach| Akin Barber and Shop| Anarchitect| STIR
    Akin Barber & Shop at the Beach, Dubai Marina, UAE, by Anarchitect Image Credit: Marc Goodwin

Anarchitect delivers stunning interiors at the latest Akin Barber & Shop, at The Beach, showcasing the craftsmanship and detailing associated with their salon expertise. Working with limited space and proportions, the bright, energising and crisp design produces a luxury experience, and designates a set narrative for each Akin Barber & Shop outlet.

Project Details

Name of the project: Akin at the Beach
Location: The Warehouse Gym, The Beach – JBR, Dubai Marina, Dubai, UAE
Area: 38 sqm
Year of completion: 2019
Architecture and Interiors: Anarchitect
Client: Akin Barber & Shop
Materials: American ash timber, brushed black metal, custom Corian sinks, white Oak chevron flooring, and satin hexagonal mosaic floor tiles
Lighting: PSLAB
Contractor: Aati Interiors

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Jincy Iype

Jincy Iype

Iype is a trained architect, who often indulges in writing and amateur photography. She was a cinephile and a melophile even before she knew what those words meant. She is inclined towards architecture journalism, and can usually be found curled up reading a book, or cooking for therapeutic relief.

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