Akin at the Beach

Dubai, UAE | Built

With meticulous craft and detail, AKIN at the Beach is the second iteration of the refined and progressive Barber & Shop designed by ANARCHITECT.
The basis of the design is both spatial and program-centric, responding to its context within an existing space and occupying a minimal 38m2 area, the Barber shop has a highly functional layout with four barber stations drenched in natural daylight from the full height slot windows.

The architectural ash timber structure is custom designed and a signature of AKIN. The composition of the frame is designed to be adaptive to respond to each new location and performs as an insertion to visually frame the peripheral context in which it is sited. The self-supporting frame is intelligently modularised to accommodate either a barber station, retail display, entrance door, open shelving, waiting bench and also an enclosed wall system so that each new AKIN can be reconfigured to best suit its context and achieve the same craft, detail and material to which it is synonymous.

Client: Akin Barber & Shop

Project Status: Launched Q4 2018

Area: 38sqm

Award: Winner of Outstanding Use of American Hardwoods in a Middle East, CID Awards 2019 (MENA)