WGC International is an innovative architectural design consulting firm, where it houses three design studios: lighting, acoustics and audiovisual.
“We were originally established in New York in 2007, followed by Thailand in 2009 and currently operating in three continents including North America, the Middle East and Asia,” said Kenny Jackel, CEO at WGC.
“Our portfolio shows a strong track record in hospitality, commercial, residential, corporate and healthcare sectors. Our clients are accustomed to a high-level of design details and services. We are known to show extra care and focus in the final stages of a project.”
LIGHTING – WGC provides design consultancy for interior, exterior, façade and landscape lighting. Their design concepts enhance mood, human wellbeing and the usability of architectural space. The design team works hand in hand with designers and project managers from concept creation to design documentation to construction supervision to ensure the most viable results.
ACOUSTICS – The importance of acoustics in architecture is often overlooked, so the company always urges clients to utilise its services as early as possible within a project start-up as it becomes very complicated and expensive to include acoustics during the later stages.
Jackel said: “By involving us early on in the development process, our engineers can help contribute to the overall atmospheric quality of a project. While architects strive to create the visual beauty of a building, we come in to make sure the space has the proper acoustics quality for its function, whether it is creating a crystal clear concert hall to reducing the impact of noise and vibration in a five-star hotel or a hospital where patients’ comfort is vital to their health and recovery.”
WGC provides a full-service integrated design and consultation process to carry out the acoustics application and audits for an entire project including environmental noise studies, all forms of acoustics measurements, materials recommendation and construction detail development.
AUDIOVISUAL – WGC AV team merges technology and communication solutions to best suit different scenarios from professional recording and broadcast studios, entertainment venues and hotels to commercial and residential developments.
“We provide integrated design and detailed construction documentation to carry out the audiovisual systems application. We consult clients for background music systems, LED screens or projection systems, ELV systems, in-room entertainment facilities and control systems, information display systems, audiovisual systems for banquette and meeting rooms,” added Jackel.
PROJECTS – As a lighting designer, WGC has been appointed to many important projects such as W Dubai – The Palm and The Alef Residences, serviced by this world-renowned hotel operator and located on the West Crescent of the Palm Jumeirah in Dubai.
“This is a one-of-a-kind project considering its scale and design complexity. It gives us the opportunity to work among high-profile architects, interior designers and engineering companies,” added Jackel.
On top of that, WGC is also the architectural lighting and acoustics consultant for many development projects in the region including DoubleTree Bay Square Hotel, Riwaq Cordoba Mall in Saudi Arabia, and Non-Commissioned Officer Accommodations project in Abu Dhabi.
“We are honoured to be working with this year’s CID Interior Designer of the Year, Maliha Nishat from dwp, for the W Hotel & Spa project as well as the One Za’abeel residence project in Dubai and Matthew Engele, dwp Design Director, for Belgrade Mixed Use project in Dubai, Seaview residential project and Wyndham Hotel in Saudi Arabia,” he added.
ONE-STOP SHOP – WGC aims to be the studio people go to when they look for a one-stop shop for lighting, acoustics and audiovisual design consultancy. Jackel said: “By implementing advanced technology, we help clients save energy, comply with local regulations and standards, and more importantly, protect and make the most of their investment.” WGC recently appointed Taemi Kim as its business development director. Kim is responsible for design community relations and project management and she can be reached at email@example.com
GET IN TOUCH – WGC is located at Level 36, Liwa Heights, Jumeirah Lakes Towers in Dubai (Tel: + 971 4 3741430). For more information, please visit its website at www.wgcinternational.com and Instagram at @wcginternational.