When we design an island or waterfront home, we understand it’s about creating the perfect equilibrium between the structure and its environment.  We’ve spent years perfecting this art, and we know that the home’s interaction with the water is key, be it a beach-front property, or one that is located on a cliff top. The orientation of the sunrise and sunset, seasonal breezes and topography of the site must all be carefully considered.


“Clouds come floating into my life, no longer to carry rain or usher storm, but to add color to my sunset sky

Rabindranath Tagore


Blurring boundaries

When we’re called upon to design a luxury waterfront home, we always look to elaborate on the shape, spaces and volumes of the property in a manner which allows it to accentuate the setting. The spaces we’ll create for you will flow into one another almost organically, albeit with each space having its own identity and particular relationship with the environment beyond its boundary. The team at Claudio Modola loves blurring the boundary between inside and out. During the design process, we’ll utilise as much natural light as possible, and filter that light to create ever-changing shadows and moods for the private spaces within your home. We do this via careful selection of reflective and transparent materials, varying ceiling heights, levels and tiers to maximise views, and the use of bespoke architectural features. A waterfront home shouldn’t be a ‘glass box show piece’ – it should be a home designed with passion and respect for the environment that surrounds it. That’s why every Claudio Modola waterfront home is indulgently comfortable, safe, secure and representative of the people who live within.

Key services provided

Our services can be offered independently of one another but are all fully customisable:

  1. Pre-Design Research to establish Client Aspirations and Objectives, Aesthetic Preferences, Family / Lifestyle requirements, Site Parameters, Governing Regulations Authority / Developer etc.
  2. Exterior architectural design (concept design only or complete detailed design)
  3. Interior Design – Interior Architecture & Furniture, Fixtures & Equipment Selection and Specification.  (May be Concept Design Only or Complete Detailed Design)
  4. Authority liaison and approval acquisitions
  5. Site monitoring and reporting during the construction and fit-out phase
  6. Procurement of specialist ID finishes, furniture, accessories and artwork
  7. Dressing of property for turnkey handover

Our countless years servicing clients in the UAE has revealed that people often want a one-stop-solution, which is why we can provide all of the above services, along with structural, civil, mechanical and electrical engineering design, cost consultancy, landscape gardening and project management services in cooperation with our trusted associates. We work on a limited number of projects at any one time, which means you have our full attention, from start to finish.


Why Choose Claudio Modola?


We have an extensive portfolio of waterfront homes in both the UAE and East Africa, built over the course of 20 years. This has given us a profound understanding of the implications of designing, building and living near water.


Our first UAE property on the Umm Suqeim beach won “Best Single Residence Dubai” and “Best Single Residence Arabia” overall in the International Property Awards. This is why we stand proudly among much bigger firms who will often shy away from projects they believe to be too complex for little return.


We’re a small, dedicated team of professionals who will work with you to realise your dream. We work on one project at a time, which means you get all of us, from start to finish.