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CID Awards 2019: Rabih Geha Architects wins Interior Design of the Year Bars & Clubs for BAU

CID Awards 2019: Rabih Geha Architects wins Interior Design of the Year Bars & Clubs for BAU

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Rabih Geha Architects has received the award for Interior Design of the Year: Bars & Clubs for BAU, a rooftop bar overlooking Beirut's waterfront, at the 2019 Commercial Interior Design Awards.

The bar is inspired by Asian temples, complete with a colour palette of natural greens and strong vermillion reds that is juxtaposed against monochromatic flooring. 

"Last year we won the award for bars and clubs and it was unbelievable. This year we have won it again and it is simply magic, it’s a great feeling," said Geha upon receiving the award. 

He explained how a lot of his nightlife projects are first and foremost inspired by the energy of the people of Beirut.

"As you know people in Beirut love going out, they love to party and that makes us want to give them a better experience each year. We research to create projects that give them a new night time adventure," he said. 

He added: "BAU is a very special project because it is on the waterfront of Beirut and our approach was to take the project to another level so we worked with colours and we worked with a monumental approach and we tried to make it as outstanding as possible." 

The judges praised the project for its powerful use of colour and strong forms that has resulted in a project that is visually striking. 

Highly commended for this category is Sobe by Keane, which the judges commended for its rich and interesting spatial design and lighting. 

Shortlisted projects in this category were Ketch Up by Bishop Design, Peacock Alley at Waldorf Astoria DIFC by SRSS, Turtle Bay Bar & Grill at Saadiyat Rotana Resort & Villa by KCA International and The London Project by Yamjam Creative. 

The CID Awards 2019 was kindly sponsored by the following partners: Roca; Preciosa; BSH Walls & Floors; American Hardwood Export Council; Vitra; NGC Nafees; Huda Lighting; USM; Interface; Franke; Finasi; Bradley; GDM Interiors; Cosentino; Geberit; Emkay Interiors; and Rattan House.

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