The winner of the Best Outdoor Design of the Year was Flair No. 5, an outdoor lounge and bar in the Ritz Carlton, Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC).
Accepting the award, Tapiwa Chasi, together with his colleague, Jacqueline Craft, said: “We managed to create a tropical space, an oasis in the middle of the concrete jungle that is DIFC. That alone has resulted in an amazing ambience. We used seating on different levels and cabanas, which is not easy to find in Dubai.”
He continued: “It means a lot to win this award because it’s the end of my career in design, as I’m going to be focusing on other creative disciplines. It’s the cherry on top. It’s also a testament to the company, LW Design, which has produced top notch work consistently over the years.”
The award was presented by Mirko Habek, group managing director, S ‘N’ S.
The judges described the winning project as a tropical paradise, which presents a nature-inspired relaxing hangout in an urban environment. They also commented that the use of graphic elements and natural materials further elevated the space.
Highly Commended in the category was Nad Al Sheba Garden Majlis by Pandre Special Architecture. It was praised for its great finishes and furniture.