Multi-disciplinary architectural practice Pringle Brandon Perkins+Will (PBP+W) has won the Middle East office interior design award for its Legatum Plaza Project in Dubai’s International Financial Centre (DIFC) at the Middle East Commercial Interior Design (CID) awards.
The CID awards recognise projects, interior design firms and designers that contribute to the region’s interior design industry. The awards herald work that displays original thinking and creative breadth.
According to the panel of expert judges, PBP+W was recognised for its cohesive, on-brand theme complemented by the use of Art Deco influences. The entire concept was described as “simply beautiful”.
Legatum is a private investment group with a 25 year heritage of global investment. In April 2012, it acquired Precinct Building 6 at DIFC, a location known for international finance, and appointed PBP+W to design and deliver its new 2,500 sq m workspace. The project included four office floors, the public entry lobby on level 2, reception and client meeting suites with a specialist academy room and library on level 3. A strategically located business café on level 4 serves as the collaboration hub for the trading and work area, with a staircase linking levels 3 and 4.
Diane Thorsen, Principal Design Director at PBP+W, said:
“We were inspired by the timeless geometric and angular forms, exotic materials, and linear patterns characterised by Art Deco style, which represents a refined style, exuberance and faith in social and technological progress.
“One of the values that Legatum holds close is a Thai word “Sanuk” meaning ‘to have a good time’ or ‘to derive pleasure and joy from something’. This is represented in the vibrant, textural AnaTzarev originals that add a naïve, eclectic energy to the space reminiscent of the era’s bold and lavish ornamentation.”
One of the main features of the understated space was the Macasser doors with custom designed stained glass. Lighting is soft back lit stretch ceilings with custom lighting and feature GRG cornices.
Materials, colour palettes and subtle textures were carefully selected – polished marbles in creams, browns and ochre contrast with exotic polished wood, brass and chrome. Lacquered furniture with accents in reds, blacks and greens are used in feature spaces as is common to the period. Inlay floor patterns in contrasting marbles with water jet inlay patterns complement the fluted marble reception desks and a custom designed oval staircase with onyx insets.
PBP+W was also highly commended for an additional four awards, including interior designer of the year and young interior designer of the year.
“This highlights the depth of talent we have, which is something that bodes well for our future in this region,” said Dubai-based Steven Charlton, Managing Director PBP+W Middle East.