Friday Forum #5

April 14th, 2017
Friday Forum #5

This week Celine presented a thoroughly interesting talk on “Mathematics In The History Of Architecture”. Mathematics have been linked to architecture throughout the centuries, starting in Ancient Egypt where geometry was the key element for the pyramids’ builders. When looking at architecture before the 20th century, one can realise that there used to be a dialectic between architecture in relation to the Divine and architecture in relation to the Human Being. Mathematics have played a role in both cases, either…

Royal Scottish Academy Exhibition 2017

The RSA Architecture Open 2017 is part of the 191st Royal Scottish Academy Annual Exhibition, and it is hosted at the National Gallery of Scotland between the 1st of April – 7th of May 2017. This section of the exhibition is dedicated to contemporary architectural work, designed by leading architects from Scotland and abroad, and carefully selected by John McAslan, the Deputy Convenor of the RSA Exhibition. Kettle Collective is honoured to have been selected to display a model of…

Friday Forum #4

March 24th, 2017
Friday Forum #4

Khairul Khalifah continued his series concentrating on ArchiCAD “ArchiCAD: Lets Start Again”. The second of 4 of a series of talks on Archicad focused on understanding attributes, from editing and creating custom hatch fills, composites and materials, to the management of the attribute table. The presentation also detailed the various libraries in use within the practice, and how each of the libraries are to be linked to individual project models.

D3 Exhibition

This week Kettle Collective have featured in an architectural exhibition at our Dubai studio in the Dubai Design District D3. Kettle Collective took this opportunity to showcase the Solar Innovation Centre and The Piers for the local design community. For more information on the Solar Innovation Centre and The Piers visit the project pages here.

Friday Forum #3

March 10th, 2017
Friday Forum #3

As the Ripple Retreat is soon to be completed, Cathal Morgan presented this week’s Friday Forum with an overall review of the project.“Ripple Retreat – Practical Completion”. The presentation allowed studio members to gain an insight into the complexities of construction, detailing of materials used, and obstacles the design team had to overcome in the creation of the Ripple Retreat. The presentation lead into an open and insightful conversation about the project.

Friday Forum #2

March 3rd, 2017
Friday Forum #2

This week Khairul Khalifah presented his seminar on “ArchiCAD: Lets Start Again”. The first out of 4 parts that aim to improve the Team’s understanding and use of Archicad, this week’s Friday Forum, titled Archicad: Let’s Start Again” focuses on basic principles of the award winning BIM application. With topics such as Workspace Management, View Management, Layer Discipline and Maintaining Accuracy, the talk reinforces the need to maintain modelling and documentation standards to ensure integrity of the BIM model though…

Kettle Collective Team Invited to The Edinburgh City Chambers

The Lord Lieutenant, the Rt Hon Lord Provost of Edinburgh has invited the Kettle Collective team to the Edinburgh City Chambers for a drinks reception to celebrate winning the Queen’s Award for Enterprise, on behalf of Her Majesty the Queen. Kettle Collective won the Queen’s Award in April 2016, the most coveted business award on the back of soaring international trade. The Queen’s Award is awarded for “outstanding achievement resulting in substantial growth, sustained over a minimum period of 3…

Friday Forum #1

February 10th, 2017
Friday Forum #1

Kettle Collective has kicked off 2017 with a series of Friday Forum talks. This is a platform for our team, and invited guests, to share ideas, techniques, or simply to present something interesting. An opportunity to learn, discuss, and build presentation skills, participation in this forum is an opportunity to encourage creative thinking, and improve our practices. Kate Shirkina has begun our 2017 series with her talk on “Sustainable practices in Middle Eastern high-rise structures”. In different parts of the…

Top 2016 Moments

As a new year starts, we take a look at our favourite moments at Kettle Collective from 2016. We were honoured to have won such prestige awards this year, including the Queens Award for Enterprise 2016 and the SEPA One Planet Award at the Scottish Business Awards. Our sustainable approach to design continued to the success of the Solar Innovation Centre in Dubai being awarded the Sustainable Project of the Year at the Middle East Architect Awards 2016. Kettle Collective…

Snowflake Competition

During our annual Kettle Collective Christmas Party, we set the brief for a competition for our team to come up with a design for an Architectural Snowflake with inspiration taken from Arabic Mashrabiya. Tony and Colin judged the competition on the day, with the winning entry awarded to Ekaterina Shirkina. The runners up were Roman Gorshkov and Dominika Henzel. Congratulations everyone!  

Seasons Greetings 2016


Our First Drone Footage

Kettle Collective took a trip up to the Ripple Retreat site and tried out our new drone for the first time. It is fantastic to see the scaffolding down revealing the beautiful structure of the Ripple Retreat which is captured in this video. With the construction of the Ripple Retreat approaching the last stages of the build we are excited to see the finished building. To find out more about the design please visit our project page here.  

An Exciting New Drone

An exciting delivery arrived at Kettle Collective this morning, our team can’t wait to try out our new drone. It will be a fantastic tool to use on site visits and we will be taking it to the Ripple Retreat soon to try it out.  

Solar Innovation Centre wins Sustainable Project of the Year 2016

Following on from the success of the SEPA One Planet Award, Kettle Collective are pleased to announce that the Solar Innovation Centre has been awarded the Sustainable Project of the Year at the Middle East Architect Awards 2016. Congratulations to all the team!  

Kettle Collective win the SEPA One Planet Award 2016

Kettle Collective is honoured to have won the SEPA One Planet Award at the 2016 Scottish Business Awards last night. The SEPA One Planet Award is awarded to companies who focus on sustainable development in their business goals and aspirations. “We believe that as Architects we have a duty to mitigate the effects of climate change by designing buildings, which work harder to perform better, and at Kettle Collective we are at the forefront of global sustainable design. We make…

Kettle Collective Shortlisted for The Scottish Business Awards 2016

We are honoured to announce we have been nominated for the SEPA One Planet Award in The Scottish Business Awards 2016. The One Planet Award introduces a sustainable aspect to the Scottish Business Awards, focusing on the way in which companies tackle the on going issue of climate change. The Scottish Business Awards Dinner, to be held at the EICC in Edinburgh, will be hosted by Rob Brydon, with Keynote Speaker Leonardo DiCaprio who’s foundation supports global environmental issues. “We…

An exciting entrance to Dubai Design District D3

What an incredible view… Our team and projects have been featured on the D3 entrance boards to the Dubai Design District. We are thrilled to see our boards as we arrive to the Dubai studio, featuring Lakota Tower and The Piers, alongside a team picture. Meanwhile our pictures are against a back drop of Downtown Dubai and the Burj Khalifa.  

Emporis Skyscraper Award 2015

Kettle Collective’s Evolution Tower in Moscow, Russia has been named number two best skyscraper in the Emporis Skyscraper Award 2015, the worlds most renowned architecture prize for skyscrapers. More information on the award is available on the Emporis Skyscraper Award website To find out more information about the design of The Evolution Tower please visit our project page here.  

Ripple Retreat Roof Revealed

We are absolutely delighted to see the latest update from the Ripple Retreat site. The beautiful zinc roof has been uncovered, revealing the fantastic blue tone of the zinc in the incredible rippling effect. The flowing water form of the rippled roof is now complete and is far beyond our expectations in this beautiful location.  

Solar Innovation Centre Construction

Kettle Collective visited the construction site of the Solar Innovation Centre in Dubai where progress has begun. Our site picture shows the ground floor lobby and reception from the drop off area under canopy which is currently under construction. The Solar Innovation Centre is an award winning design by Kettle Collective, focusing on sustainable development in the region. To find out more about the Solar Innovation Centre visit our project page here.