U+A Architects won the first prize of the Interior Design of the Year: Public and Institutional for its recently completed INTERNATIONAL CULINARY CENTER OF ARTS project, located in Knowledge Village Dubai. Same project won the Second place of Sustainable Initiative of the Year award.
Interior Design of the Year: Public Sector
The winning entry for the Interior Design of the Year: Public Sector Category was the new International Centre for Culinary Arts (ICCA) by U+A Architects,
According to the judges, the brilliantly crafted education design exhibited a deep understanding of the culinary arts and proper educational design.
Of the winning projects, judges praised the scheme saying “U+A Architects have created a unique but very clear identity for this existing facility and have made visiting the space a stimulating experience.” They also noted that the winning project is an energetic and vibrant space that “exudes sophistication for a dynamic kitchen training experience.”
Accepting the award was Eileen Jaffary, senior interior architect and associate, U+A Architects who told CID that the whole look of the design had to be very neat and clean. The design team went back to the whole process of cooking and took that as the main inspirational reference.
Upon accepting the award, Jaffary said: “I’m pretty excited to win this award. To be honest I knew that we had a good chance but we are really honored and couldn’t have achieved this without the support of all our colleagues back in the office.
Judges further praised the winning project for “the imaginative conceptual journey” that “is evident throughout the majority of the internal areas [via] the material choices and scale of detailing.”
Highly commended this year for the public sectors was the Little GEMS International Pre-School by AK Design. Judges noted its best appropriate use if space and materials, as well as its strong understanding if informative design of young children.
However, ICCA ultimately took the cake for its clean aesthetic and consistent education design.
Jaffary said: “The response has been so good to the project that second one has now been commissioned because the client was so happy with the design and the branding which was incorporated into to.”