Kettle Collective has won an open International Design Competition for the new Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Innovation Centre as part of the new Dubai Solar Park. Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) appointed Kettle Collective for its ‘centre piece’ for the park against the ‘best-in-class’ Architects. Kettle Collective will work closely with Ted Jacob Engineering Group (TJEG) who have been appointed as engineers on the project that was launched by DEWA with support from the Dubai Supreme Council of Energy, chaired by Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al Maktoum. The Solar Centre will house, within it’s free flowing multi-level space, a temporary exhibition, conference centre, learning resource centre, rotating restaurant and gallery with views over the solar park. Tony Kettle’s tower is a unique innovative, organic form inspired by divine geometry seen in Islamic design. The building not only incorporates green design but it explains how the various technologies within the park work in a simple and powerful way. The Kettle Collective team has vast experience in the design of low energy buildings such as Lakhta Centre, Gazprom’s Headquarters in St. Petersburg, as well as educational visitor attractions such as the Falkirk Millennium Wheel and Visitor Centre in Scotland. “The Solar Innovation Centre is a sustainable architecture and a value adding facility to the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park. The landmark design celebrates the unique identity of the energy park reinforcing a sense of green Dubai as a leading example of sustainable development regionally and internationally. The building will be a platform to showcase the latest solar and sustainable technologies and highlights DEWA’s achievements in this field,” said HE Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD and CEO of DEWA. Tony Kettle said, “We are delighted to have been selected for this project, not only because of the competition that we were up against but because of the importance of this building in the future of Dubai.” To find out more about the project, click here.
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