Aidan Imanova


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Kamvari Architects’s Iran Pavilion for London Design Biennale merges traditional and contemporary architecture

Kamvari Architects’s Iran Pavilion for London Design Biennale uses architecture to bridge a gap between vernacular forms and contemporary applications – a debate that is at the forefront among Iranian designers and architects. “Our proposal for the London Design Biennale builds on the … More

#OFISTalks with Allen Architecture Interior Design (AAID)

designMENA has teamed up with UAE-based furniture and flooring firm OFIS to create a video series called #OFISTalks. The series, which will be revealed monthly, involves visiting Dubai-based interior design firms and learning about key team members, projects, as well as insights about various areas … More

OMA completes Fondazione Prada project in Milan with addition of new concrete tower

Dutch studio OMA has completed the final structure of the Fondazione Prada arts compound in Milan, a 60m high tower, Torre, which was inaugurated during Milan Design Week. Torre is the third structure that OMA added to the former gin distillery, which transformed … More

Architecture Studio-designed Form Hotel becomes first Design Hotels member in Dubai

Form Hotel in Dubai, located in Al Jadaf’s Culture Village, is the first hotel to become a Design Hotels member in the Middle East. Design Hotels is an exclusive portfolio of hand-selected privately-owned and operated hotels around the world, featuring a distinct personality … More

Thomas Heatherwick designs clustered boutique hotel development in Abu Dhabi

London-based architecture practice, Heatherwick Studio, run by Thomas Heatherwick, is set to design a boutique hotel development in Abu Dhabi that utilises clustered forms and courtyards. The Ras Al Akhdar project has launched today (17 April) at Cityspace Abu Dhabi by developers IMKAN, … More

Phillip K. Smith III creates reflective installation for COS during Milan Design Week

American artist Phillip K. Smith III has unveiled a large-scale installation made up of a faceted wall of mirrors for fashion brand COS during Milan Design Week. Situated in the 16th-century Palazzo Isimbardi, Open Sky is inspired by its site, both in terms of … More

Case study: SSH’s recently completed cultural complex reimagines a traditional Kuwaiti neighbourhood

The SSH-designed Sheikh Abdullah Al Salem Cultural Centre is the latest addition to a new cultural district taking shape in Kuwait’s capital city, and stands alongside the Sheikh Jaber Al Ahmad Cultural Centre, which was also designed by SSH. Evoking a traditional urban … More

The Pritzker Prize ‘can do better’ at involving architects from the Middle East says Martha Thorne

During an exclusive interview with designMENA, Martha Thorne, executive president of the Pritzker Architecture Prize, said the Prtizker can do more to involve architects from the Middle East. While the list of laureates includes individuals from various countries and regions across the globe, … More

Construction begins on world’s first full-scale hyperloop system

Hyperloop Transportation Technologies (Hyperloop TT) has commenced construction work on a full-scale hyperloop system, Construction Week Online reported. Bibop Gresta, chairman of Hyperloop TT, said the company would deliver “the first full-scale passenger capsule” at its research and development (R&D) centre in Toulouse, … More

H+A to design first Proton Beam Therapy cancer treatment centre in the Middle East

Newly launched healthcare and hospitality architecture practice, H+A, has been appointed to design the region’s first Protom Beam Therapy cancer treatment centre in Abu Dhabi. The US$60 million Abu Dhabi Proton Centre (ADPC) will be set on the SBK Holding LLC site in … More

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