Dubai-based Killa Design picked up the 2017 Boutique Firm of the Year prize at the 11th edition of the Middle East Architect Awards.
The judges praised the firm’s work for aiming at new horizons and always challenging the status quo.
The panel also celebrated the team’s determination to always use the latest technology, pushing the boundaries of what architecture can do
The firm was set up three years ago and has since experienced a rapid growth in terms of the number and quality of projects. Killa Design’s projects started with its winning bid for the Museum of the Future in Dubai, part of a large international competition involving some of the world’s most well-known architecture firms.
The studio signed on to design the Address Jumeirah Gate hotel, which was followed by a number of international competitions wins.
Currently, Killa Design is working on a 470m tower on Sheikh Zayed Road in Dubai.
“We like to challenge the norm in everything we do so we really push architecture to another level in terms of urban integration, contextuality, sustainability, efficiency and timelessness. And we really try to do things differently and we try to keep things very personal with our clients,” said Shaun Killa, design partner at Killa Design.
Commenting the team he said: “When you grow a new firm, you can hand pick the very best from the market and the people you’ve worked with, and bring them together to create a phenomenal team with extreme experience that push the kind of ethos we drive towards.
“We do everything almost against the norm but our mission is to create phenomenal architecture,” he concluded.
The award was presented by Abdullah Sulaiman, executive director from La Casa.
Studio Toggle was highly commended for its consistently design-led projects and healthy attitude toward growth.