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.  

Say Hello to Kettle Collective’s New Dubai Studio

We are excited to announce the opening of our new Dubai Studio in the Dubai Design District, d3. The new studio has amazing views, including the Burj Khalfia and puts us in the heart of the design community in Dubai. Our Dubai team were thrilled to get into the studio and get set up.  

Notebook Competition

We had an exciting internal competition to sketch a design to be used for our new Kettle Collective notebooks. Tony and Colin judged the competition and decided that the winning sketch was created by William Picken. Second place went to Sara Cruz and third place to Roman Gorshkov. We can’t wait to see the final notebooks once they arrive.  

Ripple Retreat Site Visit

Our team were excited to take a group trip up to the Ripple Retreat site on Loch Venachar to see the progress of the build and how the building has progressed since the windows have been installed. For many of the team it was their first trip up to the site so it was great for them to finally see the site and experience the tranquility of the surrounding landscape. It was exciting to see the interior begin to take…

Kettle Collective Stationery

We received an exciting delivery of our new Kettle Collective Stationery last week. It was created by our in-house graphic design team, and focused on a range of business cards, envelopes and compliment slips to add along side our Kettle Collective USB sticks and rulers. The designs use a combination of deboss and foil to create a simple yet effective design.  

Ripple Retreat Update

A few of our team members took a site visit up to the Ripple Retreat. We were thrilled to see the development of the build and how far the Retreat has developed. We are beginning to get excited as we can finally see the form of the building taking shape as the roof goes on and we are nearing the end of the build with only two months to go. To find out more about the design please visit our…