Architecture to protect of harsh desert sun. Mishref House by Studio Toggle

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Architects
Design team
Hend Almatrouk, Gijo Paul George, Rui Goncalves, Pedro Varela, Fabio Verissimos, Filipe Goncalves, Dionne Pereira, Abdul Rashed, Ashlon Frank.
Collaborators
Structural Designer.- Al Thurath consultants. Architectural lighting.- Spaces and Concepts. Furniture and decorative lighting.- MenaCasa and Natuzzi Kuwait.
Cost
€2.2 m
Area
Plot Area.- 750 m². Built – Up Area.- 1400 m².
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Hend Almatrouk, Gijo Paul George Studio Toggle

Studio Toggle was established in 2011 by Architects Hend Almatrouk and Gijo Paul George, during their graduate studies at the Universität für Angewandte Kunst, Vienna. In 2012, they moved to Kuwait to be closer to the projects and in 2015 they joined forces with Rui Gonçalves and Pedro Varela and established Studio Toggle Porto.

The practice focuses on logical design and problem-solving techniques with a specific emphasis on Architecture and Urban Design. We believe in a balance between the opposites, that form follows function, the simplicity is complex, and that even chaos can be organized. Our expertise ranges from public-sector, commercial, residential and hospitality architecture to interior design. In the short span of 6 years, Studio Toggle has grown to a team of 15 highly dedicated professionals based in Kuwait and Portugal.

The work done by the Studio Toggle has been acclaimed in the region as evidenced by the various awards won by the practice including being named the Boutique Architecture Firm of the Year in 2018 by the Middle East Architect magazine, the Middle East Architect Residential Project of the Year 2016 for its project F.LOT, the prestigious Cityscape Award 2017 for its residential building ‘The Edges’ in Salmiya, Kuwait, to name a few. Studio Toggle's projects are regularly featured in prestigious architectural magazines.

The practice continues to push the boundaries of design sensibilities in the region and beyond.

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