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Hats off in Dubai

Astragal knows nothing about fashion but presumes these designs by Croydon’s Ray Hole Architects for a new 500-room ‘fashion hotel’ were inspired by headware rather than a giant fishnet-clad tree trunk

This enormous piece of headware is being brought to poor recession-struck Dubai by a conglomerate of developers, led by the slightly oxymoronic-sounding Pegasus Realty. The rest of the group wish, surprisingly, to remain anonymous – talk of keeping it under their hats…

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