Dubai has long been considered the business hub of the Middle East and in only a few short years, it has become the design centre of the region as well. Looking at different office interiors in the city, CID picks out designs that merge the two.
Designed by FHSI Architects
FHSI Architects, a boutique design practice located in JLT, designed its own office space creating a robust environment that offers clients a hint about the company’s appraoch to design. The chic office space is designed with a post-industrial style, maximising floor to ceiling heights.
The wall finishings are made from galvinised steel and pre-rusted steel sheets with natural timbre floors. Ductwork is made in galvinised metal. The raw and industrial design approach can also be seen in the urban style lighting fittings with furniture boasting a high-gloss, white-lacquer finish.
The office also includes a stylish foyer and conference room. The solidlly applied industrialised interior style fits perfectly with the city’s emerging urban design trend, making it a both hip and creative workspace.
Infirnia Services and Solutions
Designed by Pallavi Dean Interiors
Pallavi Dean Interiors was commissioned to design the new head office of Infirnia Services and Solutions with instructions to incorporate sustainability and a wow factor.
However, given a tight budget, LEED accredited designer Pallavi Dean chose to adopt biophilia as the driving philosophy of the project, taking inspiration from American interior designer Rosalyn Cama. Along with biophilia, Dean also focused on the aspect of upcycling.
This resulted in 80% of the furniture and finishes being acquired from discarded or previously owned sources, including carpet tiles, chairs and tables. The reception table itself is made from reconditioned woof from the contractor’s scrap yard.
She also used environmentally friendly products such as energy-saving LED light fittings and low VOC paint. Surrounding the space with nature was another approach, with the liberal use of natural wood finishes, plants and fractal geometry to reinforce the concept.
Falcon & Associates
Designed by AK Design
The office for Falcon & Associates, a strategic planning and advisory firm, by AK Design won Commercial Interior Design’s “Interior Design of the Year: Office” award in 2012. The 1,235m2 space was inspired by the local environment and Emirati heritage starting from the initial layout to the details in the project.
Public areas and circulation zones were essentially inspired by the surrounding desert with smooth material chosen in warm, sandy and bronze tones. The complex architecture was simplified by the use of straight and elongated circulation routes, defined by a contemporary take on the traditional mashribiya screen, which was inspired by Falcon’s motif.
These mashribiya screens separate the desert-styled circulation zones from the functional areas. These functional areas were then conceptualised as Bedouin tents, featuring soft carpeting and padded fabrics adorning the walls and floors.
Majid Al Futtaim Group
Designed by Woods Bagot
Majid Al Futtaim is the leading shopping mall, retail and leisure group across the Middle East and North Africa. Its new office project, designed by Woods Bagot, outlined the need for a fresh approach to interior design.
The office project spreads over 10 floors, being the premier project meeting facility for clients. A floor is specifically dedicated to public meetings and one for training facilities.
The design plan was to create an open work environment, creating opportunity for less closed offices. This was balanced out by dedicated team meeting rooms featured on every floor.
Identical layouts for all office floors were kept to maximise the flexibility for future expansion and team collaboration. The design itself followed the natural curvature of the building façade, which was central to the design planning of all custom items such as the breakouts, partitions and joinery detailing. Taking advantage of the tower building, the designers also built four metre pivot doors for the upper floor.
Designed by Anna Szonyi
Avant-garde design has been welcomed more and more in the city and the new “wearable art” store in Al Serkaal Avenue, the cARTel, brings us just that. Being a clothing showroom as well as a photography studio and working office area, this new space was able to merge them all cialis uk into one single concept.
A black and white geometric theme plays throughout the overall space, aiming to display a quirky industrial style with heavy looking MDF boards and a bulky metal staircase. The office space itself is created through the use of shipping containers laid out across a double-level space, appearing as a box within a box. The industrial feel was further enhanced by using epoxy paint to keep to the mood and style of warehouse space.
The Total Office
Designed by Mehdi Moazzen
The Total Office, a UAE-based company that specialises in modern, ergonomic and environment friendly workspace solutions, is another example of office meets showroom space. However, in this particular case, the Total Office features mock-up offices within its showroom, blurring the lines between the actual office and the showroom.
Located in the Grosvenor Business Tower in Tecom, the 650m2 space is designed by Mehdi Moazzen from UAE-based design firm, Point of Design. In just over a year since its inauguration, the company achieved a LEED Silver certification for its commercial interiors.
The space features an extensive use of glass that allows natural light to penetrate. Along with office mock ups, the Total Office showcases a series of temporary and shared workstations typical of today’s open, collaborative and creative workplaces as well as mock ups of a lobby, executive cabins, conference rooms and a coffee bar.
Designed by the global Google facilities team
They say no two Google offices are the same. And the one in Dubai definitely sets a standard of flair for the region. Google Dubai fuses a love for cartoons with the spirit of the Arab world with a life-size Superman in the lobby and the names of famous cartoon characters from the region displayed in the meeting rooms.
An office that likes to mix work with pleasure, Google Dubai features murals and decorations expressing local personality, table football, as well as whiteboards and chalkboards for some spur-of-the-moment brainstorming.
A special feature in the office includes a Google Arabia Wall, with the word Google written in Kufic calligraphic script, embedding the brand’s colours with custom woodwork done in a Moroccan style. Other funky areas include the Gahwa or, Google’s café, phone booths, a quiet room and a micro-kitchen with a life-size chess set.
Designed by Demetri Tourtouras
Located in Downtown Dubai, Mojo’s second office, although set in a commercial district, unlike its head office in Al Serkaal Avenue, still managed to reflect its industrial style, colour palette, open-plan architecture and contemporary art gallery cues.
“Art. Business. Soul.” is the company’s philosophy and its new office portrays that just right. Set in a loft style office, a long narrow space opens into an area of triple volume height with angled floor-to-ceiling windows.
There is no traditional reception area. Instead, a sunken gallery serves as a decompression zone. Bench seating welcomes guests as well as serving as a break out area for staff. A mural by artist Hatty Pedder runs the length of the nine metre high back wall of the southern end of the office where the workstations are positioned. Another standout feature includes a concrete bench in the pantry, giving the space a true urban vibe.
Designed by Bluehaus Group
Dubai Chamber is the First LEED Certified Existing building in the Arab region with a Certified LEED Platinum certification. Knowing this, it is expected that the office holds a strong regard for sustainable design.
The workplace floors have been designed to follow town-planning principles, offering a sense of familiarity. The break out space is located centrally to the floor and directly in front of the entrance to each level to unite departments.
There are no deliberate meeting rooms on the corporate floors but many places to meet. A large section of the existing exterior facing wall was removed, replaced with floor to ceiling glazing, allowing a flood of natural lighting.
The hospitality floor is designed to cater to the numerous events held by Dubai Chamber every year for the business community, featuring a space that can convert from a dining area to a contemporary lounge in a matter of an hour.