Brad Pitt to design Dubai hotel

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Dubai, June 4 (UNI) Hollywood Actor Brad Pitt is donning a different role as he gets ready to design a five-star hotel complex in Dubai.

The project will be "socially conscious" and a world leader in environmental sustainability, according to the property company behind it, the British daily Telegraph said.

The resort will comprise an 800-room luxury hotel and adjoining leisure complex, and will play host to star-studded events and awards ceremonies. Its precise location is yet to be announced.

Pitt, 44, will be among a team of design consultants and said the project underpinned his belief in "environmentally-friendly architecture".

"Whilst acting is my career, architecture is my passion.

Selecting this development as my first major construction project has been a simple decision," he was quoted as saying.

"We will be unveiling precise plans in the next few months, but you can expect something that is not only stunning to look at, but will also be an incredible attraction to visit or stay at." The Oscar-nominated star has a long-standing interest in architecture and is currently helping to build 150 homes in the Lower Ninth Ward of New Orleans, US an area devastated by Hurricane Katrina.

He has said previously: "I'm really into architecture, structure and design. Give me anything and I'll design it. I'm a bit nutty with it." The Dubai project was announced by developers Zabeel Properties, who have appointed LA-based architecture firm Graft to oversee it.

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