With over 60 submitted proposals and 7 shortlisted designs, the winning proposal for 2020 Urban Commissions was Basta, submitted by UAE-based and Saudi-based architects, Lujain Alatiq and Reema Almheiri.

Basta, a modular kiosk was selected for its innovative, adaptable and cost-efficient modular design that uses sustainable materials and allows for easy storage, all the while evoking the subtleties of a traditional outdoor market.

Emirati designer Reema Muhairy and Saudi designer Lujain Alatiq drew inspiration from traditional communal markets and from the Arabic word derived from Basat ( بساط ); a carpet used by local traders to display a range of various kinds of products and commodities for the passerby. A modular kiosk that functions individually or as part of an ensemble housing stores, galleries, and workshop spaces. The kiosk can be adapted to the needs of retailers while allowing for efficient display.

The jury of experts, comprising of creative directors from A.R.M. Holding and Art Dubai Group, shortlisted ‘Basta’ along with seven other finalists among 62 submissions. The winning project ‘Basta’ was developed with support and funding from A.R.M. Holding for display at the inaugural edition of the Dubai Design Week Marketplace in 2020.