MEA Awards 2017: Killa Design wins award for best commercial project

Killa Design won the award for the commercial project of the year for its work on Office of the Future. Judges described the project as a “very thoughtful and deliberate response to Dubai’s bid as a major incubator of innovation and future technology for the world.”

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Killa Design was lauded for using the latest technology available, while still “considering the basic requirements of producing a high-quality project,” our judges said. The project has been greatly revered around the world for being the first fully-functioning, fully-inhabited 3D printed building.

Accepting the award on behalf of the team was Benjamin Piper, lead architect on the project. He said, “It’s great to be recognised for taking a risk. Office of the Future was a project without a budget, contract or time frame, but it was a very interesting project to be involved in.”

According to Piper, the Middle East Architect Awards is a great way to encourage innovation in design. “I guess because of that grain of innovation, pushing the boundaries of technology and construction, I think that’s why the judges selected Office of the Future as the awards’ commercial project of year.”

Highly commended in this category, which was presented by Steve Taylor, director at WSP, was Heart of Sharjah Office by Wael Al-Masri Planners & Architects. Judges appreciated its restoration efforts and sensitive incorporation of local heritage into the architecture.

View all the winners from the 2017 MEA Awards here. 

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