Jeddah-based Bricklab wins Art Jameel’s International Design Award

Bricklab was founded in 2015 by brothers Abdulrahman and Turki Gazzaz. (Supplied)
Updated 15 November 2019

Jeddah-based Bricklab wins Art Jameel’s International Design Award

JEDDAH: The Jeddah-based design studio Bricklab — founded in 2015 by brothers Abdulrahman and Turki Gazzaz — has won the Art Jameel International Design Award for its proposed design of Hayy:Cinema.

The cinema will be part of Hayy:Creative Hub — which is set to open in Jeddah next year — and is billed as “the first bespoke home of Saudi and international independent film in the Kingdom.”




The cinema will be part of Hayy:Creative Hub — which is set to open in Jeddah next year. (Supplied)

Bricklab’s design — selected from over 100 entries from around the world, and one of three Arab entries shortlisted — isn’t limited to its 200-seater main screen. It includes an audio-visual library, archive viewing rooms, an additional community screening room, and “educational space.” The designers reportedly interviewed actors, directors and producers from Saudi Arabia and the wider region, and carried out “extensive research” into the history of cinema in the Gulf, before settling on their final proposal.

The jury — which included Wael Al-Awar, co-founder of ibda design, the architects behind Hayy:Creative Hub; Faisal Baltyuor, CEO of the Saudi Film Council; Butheina Kazim, co-founder of Dubai’s independent picture house Cinema Akil; and Ippolitio Pestellini Laparelli from the Office for Metropolitan Architecture — judged all entries blind (applicants were represented only by a number) and praised Bricklab’s proposal for its “incorporation of elements designed to encourage the participation of the wider creative community with Hayy:Cinema.”




Bricklab’s design was selected from over 100 entries from around the world. (Supplied)

The project will contribute significantly to the Kingdom’s burgeoning homegrown cultural scene, something that Abdulrahman Gazzaz spoke to Arab News about earlier this year, saying: “We are lucky to be around at this time when the arts are really being promoted and supported. The community of art is growing, and speaks truthfully to us as a society.”

In a statement regarding the Art Jameel award, the brothers said: “We are excited to contribute to this momentous project which will surely reshape the cultural landscape of the city of Jeddah and Saudi as a whole. We hope to achieve a benchmark project in terms of design excellence which dovetails with outstanding programming.”


Carrie Underwood, Lucy Liu turn to the Middle East 

Underwood opted for her signature nude pout and smoked-out eyes. (Getty)
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Carrie Underwood, Lucy Liu turn to the Middle East 

  • Carrie Underwood turned heads to the Lebanese label Fouad Sarkis at the 42nd annual Kennedy Center Honors
  • Underwood stepped out wearing a shimmery, dusty rose gown that boasted long, off-the-shoulder sleeves

DUBAI: It seems that Carrie Underwood has caught the Arab label bug.

Shortly after turning heads at the 2019 Country Music Association Awards wearing an embroidered column gown by Lebanese couturier Elie Madi, the singing sensation turned heads at the 42nd annual Kennedy Center Honors on Sunday in Washington, D.C., wearing a striking ensemble from another Arab designer. 

The “Love Wins” singer nearly demanded a double take as she stepped out wearing a shimmery, dusty rose gown that boasted long, off-the-shoulder sleeves from Lebanese label Fouad Sarkis, whose lineup of couture gowns have also been spotted on Bollywood star Sonam Kapoor. The princess-worthy dress featured sparkling floral embroidery throughout, which further shone under the lights.

The princess-worthy dress featured sparkling floral embroidery throughout, which further shone under the lights. (Getty)

She completed the show-stopping look with a pair of diamond hoop earrings and matching rings. 

As for her hair and makeup, Underwood opted for her signature nude pout and smoked-out eyes while her sleek hair was tucked behind one ear. 

The 36-year-old joined the likes of Tom Hanks, the Jonas Brothers, John Legend, Steven Spielberg and Joseph Gordon Levitt for a celebrity-studded evening packed with musical performances and speakers.

After her dazzling red carpet turn, Underwood took to the stage to pay tribute to American singer Linda Ronstadt with a rendition of Roy Orbison’s 1977 hit "Blue Bayou" followed by a rendition of "When Will I Be Loved."

Lucy Liu also opted for an ensemble by an Arab designer for the evening. (Getty) 

It's been an exciting year for Underwood, who recently released a record-breaking sixth studio album entitled “Cry Pretty” and embarked on a worldwide tour for the album in addition to co-hosting the Country Music Awards for the 12th time and welcoming her second child, a baby boy named Jacob, with her athlete husband Mike Fisher. 

Meanwhile, another guest in attendance at the star-studded event was actress Lucy Liu who also opted for an ensemble by an Arab designer for the evening. 

The “Charlie’s Angels” star made a statement wearing a strapless, clementine-colored gown from Beirut-based designer Georges Chakra. The floral-embellished design boasted an oversized bow on the bodice and long, floor-trailing train that swept behind her as she walked and posed for cameras. 

She completed the look with a set of bold, purple jeweled earrings and a yellow box clutch that featured a metal clasp.