Featuring the region’s leading architects and interior designers, Downtown Design’s exhibition will spotlight progressive design thinking that is emerging from the Middle East.

The recent pandemic challenged not only the way people connect with each other, but also how they experience and interact with their built environments. As part of the hybrid programme for 2020, Downtown Design invited the region’s architects and interior designers to conceptualise solutions for the residential, urban, commercial and hospitality sectors of tomorrow.

The exhibition will include regional works from Saudi Arabia based Sibyl Design Studio who will explore how Middle Eastern cities can develop engaging, efficient and safe-distanced pedestrian networks using the infrastructure already present within neighborhoods; Lebanese architect Rabih Geha who will imagine nightclubs of the future and Kuwait based Studio Toggle who will explore the evolving restaurant culture as well as UAE-based practices such as SSH, Bishop Design, Kristina Zanic, Binchy and Binchy Architects, Consultants and Loci Architecture + Design, amongst others all of which will showcase conceptual presentations that interpret our recent collective experiences with both irony and insight.

The full shortlist of designers to be featured in ‘The Shape of Things to Come’ will be announced soon.

Images provided by Binchy and Binchy Architects.