- Island D51
- Island D81
- Staff Housing
- Town Houses
dxb.lab is an award-winning architecture practice based in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Since its establishment in the year 2000 by Khalid Alnajjar, dxb.lab has achieved a distinguished reputation in the Middle East through an applied coupling of disciplined design principles, architectural avant-garde and modern technologies, while relishing its local roots and respecting regional customs and traditions in the built environment. In 2005, Shahab Lutfi joined the firm as business partner, and with his extensive background in finance and development has since been directing a number of large scale projects.
dxb.lab works range from Private Residences, Commercial and Office Buildings to Cultural and Public Projects, as well as Hotel Resorts and Master Plans. The firm is frequently invited to participate in local and regional competitions, and their built work has been extensively published internationally.
The team behind dxb.lab is a blend of locally and internationally educated and trained individuals, each with a distinctive personality, background and design talent. Being lead by principle architect Khalid Alnajjar, this interplay of characters has created a very lively and experimental atmosphere, often resulting in impulsive new architectural ideas, which are then materialized in new concepts and ultimately built projects.
Controlling the number of projects and working closely with clients is important for dxb.lab, and every design is treated with the same rigor and excitement, challenging minds and creativity anew. A thorough investigation of each project’s potential allows the generation of progressive architecture that pushes beyond common design boundaries. Fluid and experimental, the work evolves out of empirical observation and collaborative effort, also involving the participation of specialists in building engineering, component manufacturing and landscape design.
Khalid Al Najjar, is an Emirati architect. In 1995 he received his Bachelor in Architecture from the Southern California Institute of Architecture in Los Angeles, followed by a Masters Degree in 1996 from Columbia University in New York, where he went on to work at Reiser + Umemoto RUR Architecture P.C.
After his return to the UAE, Khalid Al Najjar worked as Head of the Detail Planning Unit at Dubai Municipality from 1997 until 2006. In 2000 he also established his practice dxb.lab in Dubai, for which he received the Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Award for Best Design Business in 2004.
From 2003-2004 Khalid Al Najjar was Part-time Adjunct Professor/Lecturer at the American University of Sharjah, and has since maintained an part-time role in the educational field, frequently appearing at reviews and design juries, and lecturing at universities, such as Princeton, NJ.
Being a UAE National, Khalid Al Najjar is deeply rooted in the culture and traditions of his country. His origins coupled with an international education under some of the most prominent instructors and architects currently practicing around the globe, have awoken in him an innate sensitivity to the contemporary vernacular.
Shahab Lutfi, is an Emirati businessman. In 1996 he received his Bachelor of Science in Accounting and Finance from Boston University, USA and in 2003 earned an MBA from Cass University Business School in London, UK.
Shahab Lutfi's experience in real-estate development has been of utmost importance in the success of Dubai Properties' Business Bay master development valued at AED 20 Billion. His insight and relentless work has ensured the successful development, marketing, and sale of all of Business Bay's plots within its first year of launch.
His business acumen has allowed for the development of several key projects within Business Bay which have helped increase the value of the community. Managing the development process from concept stage, market analysis, financing and through to implementation, marketing and sales has guaranteed the successful launch of projects like: The Executive Towers, Vision Tower, The dancing Towers and Bay Square.
He has pioneered architectural design competitions in the region and was successful in attracting world renowned architects such as: Zaha Hadid, Rem Koolhaas and Thom Mayne to Dubai. In 2005 Shahab Lutfi joined dxb-lab as a partner and CEO to help expand the business and incorporate his development expertise to complement the design process. In 2007 he established HH Investment and Development, a boutique real-estate development company focusing on unique projects in all real-estate sectors and has successfully since delivered his first internationally acclaimed project, O-14 office building in Business Bay.
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DXB-LAB's Code Tower won Honorable Mention for Young Arab Architects Awards 2012 organized by AS.Architecture-Studio. The project was exhibited at the CA'ASI - AS.Architecture-Studio's Common House in Venice during the 13th International Architecture Biennale and at the Institut du Monde Arabe in Paris on the occasion of institution's 25th anniversary.
Khalid Alnajjar is a UAE-based architect and the founder and managing director of dxb.lab, one of Dubai's leading architecture practices. The architect's small villa studio in Jumeirah serves as creative hub, company headquarters and home from home. Here, amid waist-high stacks of magazines, book-lined walls and a menagerie of designer chairs, Alnajjar works on the projects that regularly win dxb.lab international acclaim...