Light Space Design won its second award of the evening for its Leila Heller Gallery project, located in Dubai's Alserkal Avenue, following its win for office design of the year.
Competing against industry heavyweights including Lulie Fisher Design, Kinnersley Kent Design, HBA and SSH in the public sector category, Light Space Design, which was founded in 2004 by Omar Abdelghafour, won for its innovative use of lighting.
According to judges, the winning project was a “minimalist yet spectacular” space that complemented the artwork it was meant to showcase. “It’s pared down, but rich in its use of materials, as well as its design features such as the spiral staircase,” they commented.
According to Abdelghafour, who accepted the award along with partner Farid Noufaily, the award was an honour to win.
“It’s definitely an acknowledgement of the hard work and team effort,” Abdelghafour said, “but it also means we have to keep working hard, pushing hard and bringing our A-game.”
Highly commended in the public sector category was Lulie Fisher Design Studio (who picked up the Bputique Firm of the Year award) for its Dubai English Speaking College project. The judges commended it as a great space that promotes learning, collaborative thinking and socialising.