Cinema Akil is Dubai's first independent cinema venue, complemented by food and beverage partner, Project Chaiwala. Kozel juxtaposed two design languages under one roof, featuring repurposed old cinema seats and a vintage box office at the entrance contrasted against bare concrete walls and an eccentric turquoise backdrop and a terrazzo-tiled countertop for Project Chaiwala's kitchen space.
Esra Lemmens of Esra Lemmens Agency picked up the award on behalf of Maja Kozel. She said the win reflected the design community's love for the public space.
“Cinema Akil is a project Maja has worked on for a long time and it is nice to see her get the recognition she deserves,” Lemmens said.
“What is important to mention is that Cinema Akil has become a favourite spot for everyone, for so many of us here today it’s our favourite place and this win reflects Maja's vision for design – how she reused the chairs from the old cinema, how she worked with the owner, who has a passion for collecting old movie posters. Maja knows how to grab the essence of someone’s passion and translate that into a design.”
The judges praised the project for its quirky and fun design, and for its strong sense of personality.
Highly commended for this category is Roar for its work on the ORA Nursery of the Future.
Other shortlisted projects were The International School of Choueifat Umm Al Quwain by ATI Consultants, Circadian Light Synthesis by Anarchitect, DEWA Auditorium by IR Design, EY Dubai wavespace by Ochre, Khalifa University by RSP Architects and Dubai Creative Cluster Authority by Swiss Bureau.
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.