ir design wins competition to create Wataniya HQ in Kuwait

ir design has been selected, along with three other interior design companies, to create the new headquarters of Wataniya telecommunications firm in Kuwait.

A total of seven companies were asked to design a concept for the 28th floor building in February this year and the shortlisted entrants were announced this week; ir design, P&E International and Pan Arab Consulting Engineers.

“We were delighted at being one of three shortlisted entries. Our team did a lot of research on the company and its offering and wanted to convey the same through design. The design intent was simple and pure and wonderfully translated in form,” said Indu Varanasi, architect and designer, ir design.

“It gave the team a fantastic morale boost and the confidence to meet bigger challenges. Our recognition for good design is the biggest bonus and we will cherish this win.

Varanasi created ir design, which is based in Dubai Media City six years ago and has a team of six architects.

The team took four weeks to create a design for the ground floor lobby including the main entrance and reception, an open plan office for the 18th floor customer care division, the 20th floor marketing division and 28th floor top management level with reception area and board room.

Varanasi said it used the idea of telecommunications related to soundwaves and matched this to the colour of the company logo in red to come up with a design.

In contrast to this, it used white flooring and a black ceiling with all others materials also in white.

“I was in seventh heaven when we won the competition. We were really happy because we were competing with some big name companies who have over 200 staff,” added Varanasi.

“Wataniya represents communication, therefore the travel of soundwaves formed the basis of the concept.  It is the idea of movement, of making a connection between two individuals.”

The companies that took part in the competition were; P&E International, Pan Arab Consulting Engineers, IR Design FZ LLC, Ranya Almutawa, Art Line Qatar, Grass Exhibition and Art Architecture.



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