Edinburgh:  As Kettle Collective, the Scottish-based architecture and design studio behind Dubai’s award-winning Solar Innovation Centre, secures a new Middle East headquarters at Dubai Design District (d3), MADE. talks to Managing Director, Colin Bone, about the team’s work and what attracted the studio to Dubai.

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The space we live in directly influences the quality of our lives.

Please tell us about Kettle Collective? How would you describe the firm’s work?

Kettle Collective was founded in 2012 and has already established itself as a leading, multi-award winning international practice. We set out to create a unique design studio committed to high performance and energy efficient design on an International scale.

The ethos of Kettle Collective is true collaboration, hence ‘Collective’; collaboration with other designers, specialists and consultants to individually tailor a bespoke team for each project. During this collaborative process, we aim to create vibrant and sustainable projects with the belief that the space we live in directly influences the quality of our lives.

You are opening an office in Dubai, why did you decide to establish a presence here?

Tony Kettle has worked as an architect for more than 25 years, leading design teams on a number of critically acclaimed and award‑winning projects from within an international architectural practice with myself. Over this time we have worked on many projects in Dubai and the wider Middle East, such as Dubai International Exhibition and Convention Centre and the Solar Innovation Centre located in the Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park.

Dubai is a great hub for the Middle East with three daily direct flights from Scotland. Dubai Design District was the obvious place to set-up and we look forward to many years working in d3.

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What excites you about our city?

Dubai has so much to offer a growing design studio; from lots of development to good transport links and facilities.

Dubai is a vibrant and exciting city, where there are so many opportunities. It is also closely linked with the region and beyond and so provides a great hub to do business. We are excited about growing our team in Dubai and continuing to do business with our many friends in the city.

Solar Innovation Centre

The Solar Innovation Centre, which was designed by Kettle Collective on behalf of the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) has won several awards including; Best Future Leisure and Tourism building design at Cityscape Awards for Emerging Markets, Royal Scottish Academy Architecture Prize for Outstanding Work and Sustainable Project of the Year at The Middle East Architect Awards.

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