We are pleased to announce the shortlist for the 2018 CID Awards, which will take place on Wednesday, September 19 at the Joharah Ballroom in the Madinat Jumeirah. This year, we have received 420 submissions across 18 categories from 114 companies throughout the region. Over this week, we will be releasing the names of the finalists in all the categories.
Interior Design of the Year: Public Sector
Dubai English Speaking College, Dubai, UAE by Lulie Fisher Design Studio
The new dedicated Sixth Form Hub for Dubai English Speaking College (DESC) opened its doors to 360 students in October 2017, and has the capacity to accommodate up to 500 sixth form students aged between 16 and 18. The school’s expansion plans required it to add 30% extra GFA by ingenious means to the existing structure – an old kindergarten. The school took over the neighbouring campus that previously housed another school. The former campus featured long, low and dark corridors and poorly utilised external light wells. The design firm has succeeded in transforming the building into an open plan, dynamic, light-filled environment, fostering a sense of community and civic pride among the students. It now houses a large food court, a gym, changing rooms and showers, study areas comprising a variety of space types to suit a range of study styles envisaged for the students, pastoral care facilities and relaxation areas.
The brief given to the design firm was to provide a grown-up campus style environment for the students to prepare them for university life and an independent study mode. The conversion and renovation of the old kindergarten has breathed new life into an existing structure. The intended lifespan of the fit-out is a minimum of 25 years. Therefore, the design must be as relevant 25 years from now, so current fads and trends have been eschewed in favour of a holistic and collaborative learning environment.
Dubai Mall Fashion Avenue expansion, Dubai, UAE by Kinnersley Kent Design
In anticipation of welcoming 100 million visitors annually, the Dubai mall recently underwent an expansion of its Fashion Avenue wing. It now houses a huge number of leading luxury brands. The design studio was tasked with creating a five-star hotel experience, which formed the entire crux of the project. The design philosophy behind Fashion Avenue was to create a luxury environment that high-end fashion brands would aspire to be in, and a world-class shopping destination to rival that of other major cities around the world. The project was a collaboration between Emaar, DP Architects, WSP and Kinnersley Kent Design’s (KKD) studios in Dubai and London.
The interiors redefine luxury shopping environment, creating a five-star mall experience. The firm researched the top shopping districts around the globe, and explored luxury hotels and restaurants to consider what makes them special – in terms of service and design. Taking its cues from haute couture, the new expansion celebrates luxury shopping and dining with a sophisticated fashion-focused feel, featuring a new boulevard, double entrance and external valet drop-off. Customers step into a world of personalised hospitality, with expert personal shoppers, in-mall chauffeurs and high-end dining. Some of the signature interior elements include demise piers in grey Bardiglio marble divide the shopfronts, inset with bespoke wall lights, designed by KKD and crafted by Lasvit.
Grand Hyatt Baniyas Ballroom, Dubai, UAE by HBA Dubai
The Baniyas ballroom at the hotel has been expanded to accommodate 2,500 guests and to house an additional show kitchen to be built next to the ballroom. Washrooms have been renovated and a sales centre has been added for customers to discuss their events. In addition to a fully acoustic, high moveable entry door system, the show kitchen concept was created as a performance stage for 22 chefs to show case their culinary skills. While the space has been entirely redesigned from both a functional and an aesthetic point of view, elements such as the palm tree have been incorporated for contextual reference.
Leila Heller Gallery, Dubai, UAE by L.S. Design
The Leila Heller Gallery occupies two warehouses in Al Serkal Avenue converted into a gallery space. It is the largest privately held commercial gallery in the Middle-East. It has been designed to accommodate a wide range of art installations on varying scales – from suspended pieces of traditionally-painted mediums to large immersive built works. The gallery also features several open spaces in different sizes to allow intimate viewings and large scale exhibitions.
Sheikh Abdullah Al Salem Cultural Centre (ASCC), Kuwait by SSH
Kuwait’s Amiri Diwan had a vision to elevate the country’s cultural landscape to showcase Kuwaiti culture, highlight its heritage, and become a regional and international beacon for cultural activities and events. Design firm SSH interpreted this vision by combining traditional Kuwaiti architecture with contemporary design to create a world-class cultural venue, ASCC.
The project’s coastal location was influential to the theme, taking the idea of where sea meets land, then extending it to encompass how fleets of dhows in the past would converge at the shoreline for lines of caravans to diverge, taking with them trade and an exchange of culture and ideas. This evolved into the building design theme for the site. At the heart of this ideological movement is the central ‘street’, which acts as a focus for events, creates an identifiable point of orientation, and ties the complex together. Each of the main exhibition buildings is similar in architectural and interior treatment, but vary in height and length according to the unique activities within. The complex’s interiors have been designed as flexible, open spaces, with accessible thoroughfares and mezzanine-level vantage points, allowing visitors to meander through, and explore the exhibits within. This concept also enables the buildings to be reinvented as future needs evolve.
VR Park, Dubai, UAE by 4SPACE Design
This virtual reality park is located in the Dubai Mall, which replaced the former popular theme park, Sega Republic. The core concept was to create an experience based on innovative and futuristic entertainment activities. Telling the story of the theme park through the façade, the huge 90-degrees curved LED display screen panel alongside a complete replica of the Dubai Downtown suspended upside down, including the iconic Burj Khalifa creates a dramatic entrance. Inspired by science fiction movies, there are elements that pay nod to it such as the selection of materials and lighting.