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The Contemporary District in Al Seef by 10 Design wins best Leisure and Hospitality Project of the Year

10 Design took home the award for the best Leisure and Hospitality Project of the Year at the MEA Awards 2018 for its Contemporary District in the Al Seef development on the Dubai Creek.

The project includes food and beverage outlets, retail, hospitality and marina amenities which span across 85,000m2.

Extending from the hotels, intricate structures create separate food and beverage water pavilions that spill out and into the creek, stepping across a terraced, cascading landscape for a distinctive take on waterfront dining opportunities.

The retail and eateries within this area of the development draw inspiration from the traditional arcade and souk typology in a contemporary adaptation. The meandering pathways between small stacked pavilion structures create an intimate scale and alternative shaded environment, which add to the variety of the visitor experience.

“From the main theme of the urban fabric densification to the skillful use of materials and detailing, this project shows, at every scale, an uncommon attention to architectural design,” said the judges, “and its ability to produce fascinating contemporary urban spaces.”

Accepting the award was Eugene de Villiers, associate, and Chris Jones, partner for MENA and Europe at 10 Design, who said, “We’re delighted to receive this award. It’s great to be recognised by our peers. It’s been a challenging project, as the context was very constrained. The Contemporary District was very much a labour of love for many, including Eugene and the team, not only in terms of design, but also during the construction process.”

According to Jones, the Contemporary District took three and a half years to complete, “so we’re delighted to be recognised for the work,” he said.

Highly commended in the category, which was presented by Amit Rathore, managing director from Genie Events, was Woods Bagot for its Kempinski Hotel in Muscat, Oman.

Kempinski Hotel in Muscat, Oman by Woods Bagot. 

Judges appreciated its fusion of traditional and modern architectural elements, which came “together to form a distinctive architectural language.” They added that “the project succeeds in reaching a high spatial quality through the right balance of representativeness and functionality.”

You can view the shortlist for Leisure and Hospitality Project of the Year 2018 here.