Dubai-based interior design firm Studio EM have been awarded a new mega project in Nairobi, Kenya.
The project plans includes renovating a 45,000 square foot abandoned warehouse that was first constructed in the 1960’s.
The warehouse based at Mpaka Road in Nairobi will be transformed into a modern day food market comprising of 10 new F&B outlets. The outlets will produce a broad spectrum of cuisines from around the world both in traditional fixed dining concepts as well as mobile food trucks that will be used to service the community.
The project is awarded to Studio Em by Nairobi Based Simba Hospitality, and will be operated by Simba Hospitality, a division of Simba Corp, who have worked on the The Villa Rosa Kempinski Hotel in Nairobi as well as the Olare Mara Kempinski at the Masai Mara and have recently developed its own brand named Acacia Hotels.
Speaking to DesignMENA, Alyana Popat, marketing manager for Simba Hospitality commented that the search process to find a design firm for this project was extensive and took Simba Hospitality around the globe, before deciding that Studio EM were the right fit as the design agency to bring their vision to life.
“We spoke to a number of designers and narrowed down our decision to Studio EM mainly as a result of their creativity, professionalism and the warmth and friendless of the founders. It was a perfect fit for us.”
“The Mpaka Road concept is driven by the need for innovative food destinations in Kenya that are not only well-priced but also serve quality and consistent food. This project will be the first of its kind in East Africa and we hope to be the leaders of a food revolution in this part of the world”.
Kristian Stinson, commercial director and co-founder of Studio EM said:“It’s a huge win for us and a project that we are so proud to be associated with. We’ve carved a niche for ourselves as being quite progressive and inventive with our F&B design projects over the last few years, the scope of creativity that this project gives us is quite something. It will allow us to really push the boundaries with some of our ideas.”
This is not the first time that Studio EM have delivered projects abroad, having recently worked on projects in Toronto and Zambia as well as ongoing projects throughout the Middle East region.
Studio EM were recently named as the Interior Boutique Firm of the Year at this years CID Awards, where the judges commended the firm for its “incredibly well put together projects”.