Emily Pilloton

CELEBUTECTURE: Brad Pitt to design 5-star Eco Hotel in Dubai

by , 06/03/08

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Brad Pitt is once again trading the silver screen for green building, as he recently announced a collaboration with LA-based architecture firm GRAFT to design a 5-star “green resort” in Dubai. We’re not sure if “Dubai” and “green” really belong in the same sentence, and we’re also skeptical about the project oxymoronically being called both “socially-conscious” and “an 800-room luxury hotel and adjoining leisure complex,” but we’ll wait to see how it unfolds. No details or location have been announced yet, but we can only hope that given Brad’s friendship with Frank Gehry and his commitment to Global Green, it’ll be as beautiful and green as the superstar claims.


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The undeniably handsome star has an ongoing interest in architecture, helping to rebuild 150 homes after Hurricane Katrina, and collaborating with friend Frank Gehry from time to time. The face of Global Green, Brad has also committed to building green, so we’re curious to see how the Dubai project follows his values. The hotel was announced by developers Zabeel Properties on Monday.

Between the upcoming birth of his and Angie’s twins and all the design charrettes in his future, we’re guessing Mr. Pitt won’t be getting much sleep any time soon.

+ GRAFT
+ Global Green

Via Telegraph and People.

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10 Comments

  1. jamiego June 5, 2008 at 9:05 pm

    Total bs – a green luxury hotel in Dubai? What’s next; a carbon-neutral ICBM? While “green” continues to be the new black, we’ll never see any truly beneficial developments in sustainable design. What’s one green hotel going to do for the planet in that cesspool of excessive consumption?

  2. Scott June 4, 2008 at 9:25 pm

    I’m really excited to see what they come up with. Don’t underestimate these celebs. Some of them have proven to have real drive. I’m sure he has huge drive and might have many valuable connections. While he might not be the one sitting at the drafting table or doing the HVAC calculations he has got to have some valuable contribution to the project. The worst that can happen is that we get the same wasteful crap that every other starchitect has been pumping out over there. I’m rooting for Brad in this one! Don’t let us down!

  3. seb629 June 4, 2008 at 3:28 pm

    I just have to ask, how is it sustainable to develop desert cities into elitist/ luxury residences? i too commend brad for his efforts, but being green to me is about re-thinking our current way of living and developing our urban infrastructures.

  4. M2JL M2JL June 4, 2008 at 11:36 am

    A green hotel in Dubai??? I am a bit skeptical, but let’s hope it’s true.

    It’s great that green buildings are gaining in popularity, but I can’t help but think that the media is turning it into a trend rather than an actual change and I’m afraid people will get bored of the subject after a while and move on

    It’s great also that Brad Pitt is trying to get involved (at least he can reach the general population) but it seem too Hollywood: Very superficial. I agree with the previous comments, it’s not easy being green, it takes a lot of work from various fields of the construction industry!

    Let’s just hope it all works out at the end.

  5. derek99 June 4, 2008 at 4:09 am

    good golly gosh! think pikey in guy richie’s snatch. stick to what you good at!

  6. RichardMillington June 4, 2008 at 3:59 am

    It’s great that celebrities like Brad Pitt are putting their fame to good use. But it’s a very thin line between helping the cause and hijacking it to improve their own celebrity. And I suspect on this one, Brad Pitt has fallen slightly foul of that.

  7. osizi June 3, 2008 at 5:01 pm

    How Belittling.

  8. AJ June 3, 2008 at 12:53 pm

    mikeyb66- Right on. Green design is a tremendously complex task- if you truly want the building to be functional and efficient. Claiming that an actor, with no background in this area can design a building that is ‘green’ is just reducing it to slapping on some solar panels on the roof or using some recycled materials..and presto! it becomes a green building..No offense to Brad Pitt, I think his commitment to this issue is great, but I would rather he leaves the design aspect to people who really know how to handle this.

  9. marvins_dad June 3, 2008 at 12:03 pm

    Wow – could everyone stop saying that Frank Gehry and Brad Pitt are best friends! Gehry has been quoted as saying he met him twice, never worked with him on a project and is not apprenticing him.
    http://www.newsweek.com/id/51342/page/4
    I commend Brad for his work in New Orleans, his fame alone is helping with awareness.
    I cringe every time an article comes out saying Brad Pitt is going to design something.
    Here is an excerpt from that article I mentioned above:

    Gehry: We were–I don’t know if we are any more–working in Brighton, England, and the guys at Brighton knew I knew Brad Pitt and knew he was interested in architecture. And they asked me if he would like to participate and design the bar, or an apartment or something. So I called him and asked him and he said maybe. And he came by the office and looked at it, and somebody here took a picture of him leaning over the model next to me. I don’t know how it got into the press. My guys didn’t do it. Somebody took that picture–he must have sent it to somebody or we must have inadvertently sent it to somebody. From that day, I’ve never heard from him.

    Newsweek: You’ve never heard from him?

    G: Never. [ Laughs .]

    NW: Well, he’s been busy. And hadn’t he been in your office before that for some period of weeks, sort of apprenticing?

    G: Nope. He’s been to my office twice. Once he called and asked if he could come, and somebody gave him a tour, and I met him for two minutes. And then this time, this second time. And I went to dinner with him after that, with Jennifer [Aniston, Pitt's former wife].

  10. mikeyb66 June 3, 2008 at 11:51 am

    Just what we need, another excuse for people to think that anyone can do architecture. With programs like Grand Designs here in the UK, people seem to forget that architects train for 7 years for a reason. Next we’ll have pro footballers or musician thinking they can do our job.

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