Israeli designer builds futuristic complex in Abu-Dhabi
The 37-year-old designer from Tel-Aviv, who has no architectural training, has designed 49 mansions that cost around $1 billion each. They were bought up in 72 hours after the project was announced – before construction started.
Benshetrit was entrusted with the design of the buildings on Nurai Island by one of the first admirers of his talent, Michael Shvo, an emigrant from Israel to the United Arab Emirates and real-estate broker. The graduate of the Design Academy Einhoven, who hadn’t built so much as a toolshed, was given eight weeks to make a presentation of the elite residential complex. On his Israeli passport, he couldn’t go to Abu Dhabi, so he sent the presentation by email.
“I tried to imagine that I wanted solitude, but wouldn’t mind having a cigar with a neighbor. I don’t want to see any servants, but I do want to turn around and find fresh towels,” Benshetrit said.
The developer Zaya showed the presentation to the crown prince of the UAE, who was delighted by the Israeli’s idea. At present, the last stage of construction of the elite villas designed by Benshetrit is being completed on the island shaped like a fish hook.
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