Common language

Identity|June 2020

Common language
UAE-based Studio D04 is on a mission to create a contemporary architectural language that will help define the future of tradition in the Gulf

Founded in 2014 by Fatima Al Zaabi and Noor Al Awar, Studio D04 has a wide-ranging portfolio spanning architectural and interior design projects, renovations, as well as product designs. Following a contemporary approach to their work, the Emirati designers hope to create a niche in which the lifestyles of the Gulf are being addressed.

Tell us about your studio. How did you meet and come to work together?

Studio D04: We were a group of four undergrads studying architecture together at the American University of Sharjah. Early on, we realised that we shared a common design language and aesthetic. As a group of friends, we talked and dreamed about starting our own design studio after graduation. It started with the two of us and two other colleagues who have now gone on their own separate path across the world. As a team we have different interests but share the same backgrounds. Fatima Al Zaabi’s work focuses on digital technology and exploring different material processes with advanced digital fabrication methods, while Noora’s work focuses more on exploring different material processes with a reflection on traditional concepts derived from her surroundings. As a team we share the same design aesthetics and believe our collaborative nature distinguishes our work and adds to our design dynamic.

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June 2020