London-based architecture firm Grimshaw has officially opened its Dubai office, which is located in Dubai Design District (d3).
The firm’s Dubai office will act as a central hub for its Middle East-based projects, including projects such as the Sustainability Pavilion for Dubai Expo 2020, the Middle East National Tennis Stadium, and Istanbul New Airport. Other theme pavilions designed for Dubai Expo 2020 are designed by BIG and Foster + Partners.
Other key projects in the region include a high-end retail and entertainment development and a large-scale botanic garden in Oman.
This time last year, Zaha Hadid Architects opened its Dubai office, inaugurated by design director, Patrik Schumacher. Tariq Khayyat is running the firm’s Middle East office as head of region.
The above-mentioned firms have also since established its offices in Dubai.
Grimshaw’s Dubai office will allow for face-to-face client support, as well as allowing the architects to gain a deeper understanding of project locations through local culture and environment. It will also collaborate with other Grimshaw offices around the world to encourage knowledge exchange within the company.
Its Dubai office is currently showcasing an exhibition entitled ‘Emergence’, which explores three themes within Grimshaw’s work in the Middle East: ecology, legacy, and future urbanism.
Additional initiatives launched by the firm include an Opera House and VR workshop during Dubai Design Week on 14-15 November.