Turkey's biggest firm bag two at Dubai awards

Tabanlioglu Architects win Architect of the Year and one other award

Melkan Tabanlioglu collected both awards on behalf of herself and her husband, Murat
Melkan Tabanlioglu collected both awards on behalf of herself and her husband, Murat

Turkish architects Murat and Melkan Tabanlioglu won big last night at their first Middle East Architect awards at the Park Hyatt in Dubai.

The pair jointly won Architect of of the Year and Best Project, with judges paying tribute to their subtantial portfolio throughout Europe, the Middle East, North Africa and the Caucuses.

Although the Middle East Architect awards is in its third year, this was the first time a Turkish firm had entered.

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The Tabanlioglus brought a substantial party with them from Istanbul to receive the awards at last night’s event,

Commenting on this success, Melkan Tabanlioglu said: "It feels good. The Middle East is a big market and for architects it’s very important to create something here. And with all the projects around, it is very important that our project was selected."

The firm’s Tripoli Conference Centre project was the only unanimous winner of the night, with judges paying tribute to its refreshing design and its sense of context, set in woodlands outside Libya’s capital.

Discussing the project, Melkan said Tabanlioglu completd the project in just eight months from design to execution.

"In a very short time we did a really nice job. The relationship between the site and the project was also very important. It was important to make a good project for the location."


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