The best thing about the New Year is that it gives us fresh hopes, aspirations, and wants. For 2019, I want to see buildings and designs, which are inspiring and more human-centric. The idea should not be to create something luxe, best, or out-of-the world but the focus should be on making a place including plants and outside views, nature, and less artificial. Be it office, house, commercial or retail project, humans and their expectations should be the core of design, structure, and materials. Let’s hope for the best!
Our first edition of 2019 features some of the newest and remarkable projects in the region. Spanish architect Manuel Clavel Rojo graces our January cover as he talks about his first project in the UAE, mix Dubai at Emerald Palace Kempinski. Rojo also tells why he has used a colossal Fabergé egg in the middle of the restaurant.
Moving on to project section, we have DEWA’S new auditorium designed by IRD Design. Based on the ripple effect of water, the designs are free-flowing interpreting the dynamics of movement. In OP-ED section, Sumaya Dabbagh, Chair of RIBA Gulf Chapter, stresses the idea of making good cities. Also, James Marvin Skaines, director at PNC Architects, lists top trends that should be part of our buildings.
It's a brand New Year and I have my personal wish list too. Currently, I am crushing on the Nido chair from Spanish brand, Sancal.