Rolex Tower wins Overall Project of the Year 2011

George Efstathiou and Thomas Behr, SOM, Rolex Tower

The 235m Rolex Tower in Dubai, designed by SOM, was named Overall Project of the Year at the Middle East Architect Awards 2011.

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Recognising completed projects throughout the Middle East, the award was one the most hotly contested categories of the night.

Accepting the award, George Efstathiou, consulting partner, SOM, said: “This is a fantastic prize for the building and the award is indicative of the quality design work that comes from our firm. It’s always great to be recognised by your peers. Dubai has been a second home for us for the last eight years.”

He continued: “Rolex is synonymous with timelessness and the original Rolex watch still looks good today. The idea was to make the Rolex Tower a timeless building.”

Judges praised the tower as an elegant addition to the Sheikh Zayed Road skyline among many flamboyant towers.

SOM was victorious in the same category last year, when it was lauded for Burj Khalifa.

The shortlist for the category this year included Al Manara Project by TNQ Architects & Engineers, Al Shaqab in Qatar by Leigh & Orange Qatar and the Masdar Institute of Science & Technology, Abu Dhabi, by RW Armstrong.

Second place went to Ferrari World Abu Dhabi, by Benoy, which won Hospitality & Leisure Project of the Year 2011.

SOM’s Efstathiou also picked up the prize for Architect of the Year 2011.

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