When Bugatti was founded in 1909, Dubai was little more than a small fishing village on the coast on Persian Gulf. 106 years later Dubai is one of the most expensive cities in the world and home to an ultra-exclusive property development named after Bugatti founder Ettore. I wonder what the great artist/engineer would have made of that?
The grandly titled Ettore 971 Bugatti Styled Villas are part of the Akoya Oxygen development 25 minutes outside Dubai City. According to developer Damac Properties, the villas were “conceptualised” by the same stylists who drew the Bugatti Veyron, and “stylishly reflect its distinctive curved front.” Maybe if you squint a bit. The link would be more obvious if Bug’s iconic horseshoe grille had been incorporated into the design.
The rest is fairly standard luxury villa fare: 7 bedrooms, white walls, lots of glass, swimming pool, incredibly high-end finishes and every conceivable gadget. Oh, and there’s an glass-walled, indoor car display area next to the living room. Because who doesn’t want to ogle their Veyron from the comfort of the sofa? Or, perhaps more accurately, show it off to everyone who drops by.
Views of a Tiger Woods-designed Trump World golf course and access to an indoor rainforest (yes, really) are included in the asking price. That price is 36 million Arab Emirate dirham, about £6.3 million.
Bugatti Brand Lifestyle boss, Massimiliano Ferrari, said: “We are delighted to be working with Damac Properties on these unique living concepts, which reflect the key design codes of the Bugatti brand. The Bugatti is regonised as the most beautiful and powerful super sports car on the road and we believe [the villas] will soon have the same reputation in their respective market.”
I feel like I should be cynical about the whole concept of a Bugatti house. It would be ridiculous to buy one if you did actually own a Veyron, and desperately sad if didn’t. But, architecturally at least, I rather like it…
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By Only Motors