Squaring the circle

Studio Toggle was established in 2012 by Architects Hend Almatrouk and Gijo Paul George upon graduating from the Universität für Angewandte Kunst, Vienna. The practice focuses on logical design and problem-solving techniques with a specific emphasis on Architecture and Urban Design. Studio Toggle believes in the balance between the opposites, that form follows function, that simplicity is complex, and that chaos can be beautiful. Studio Toggle’s expertise ranges from public-sector, commercial, residential and hospitality architecture to interior design. Operating from its three Studios in Kuwait City, Porto and Bangalore, Studio Toggle has successfully designed, supervised and handed over projects varying in scales and typologies.

Studio Toggle has emerged as one of the Middle East's most decorated boutique architecture firms. It has proven its capability and readiness to tackle the challenges of spatial hierarchies, social norms and the harsh desert weather conditions unique to the Arabian Gulf. It boasts of a multicultural team of highly accomplished architects and engineers. This rich diversity adds depth and empowers Studio Toggle to deliver its site-specific, vernacular-inspired version of desert modernism. Working on projects in urban and remote areas of the Middle East and Europe, Studio Toggle has adapted to tight budgets, scarcity of skilled labour, multi-lingual workforce, adverse weather conditions etc. and has learned to deliver high-quality projects without cost overruns.

Studio Toggle’s body of work has been acclaimed worldwide, endorsed by the prestigious international awards won by the practice, including multiple American Institute of Architects Honor and Merit Awards and multiple Architizer A+ Awards, to name a few. In 2022, Studio Toggle was named the 'Best Young Firm' and 'The Best Architecture from in the Middle East and Africa' at the prestigious Architizer A+ Awards. Studio Toggle’s projects are routinely published in prestigious architectural books and magazines, including Architectural Digest, ArchDaily, Dezeen, DesignBoom etc. The practice continues to push the boundaries of design sensibilities in its spheres of influence.

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LIST OF AWARDS AND ACCOLADES

2022

Architizer A+ Awards, Jury Winner, Best Architecture Firm in the Middle East and Africa

Architizer A+ Awards, Popular Choice Winner, Best Young Architecture Firm in the World

 2021

American Institute of Architects International, Merit Award: Project Khat – Al Ula, KSA

American Institute of Architects International, Merit Award: Project Jade, Kuwait

Winner, Residential Project of the Year, Identity awards 2021 for Project Jade

Featured in Architectural Digest’s AD50 list featuring the brightest talents in the Middle East

Dezeen Awards, longlist, Emerging Architecture Studio of the Year, Studio Toggle

Dezeen Awards, longlist, Housing project, Jade

 2020

AIA Honour Award, AIA Middle East, Architecture Unbuilt Category, Project Khat, Al Ula

AIA Merit Award, AIA Middle East, Interior Architecture Category, Bean to Bar Chocolatier

Winner, Architizer A+ Awards, Unbuilt Hospitality, Project Khat, Al Ula

Dezeen Awards, longlist, Residential housing category, Ternion Villas

Finalist for the Al Ula Artist’s Lodge competition for the Royal Commission of Al Ula, KSA

Featured in Architectural Digest’s AD50 list featuring the most influential designers in the Middle East

 2019

Winner, Residential Project of the Year, Middle East Architect Awards

Winner, Sustainable Project of the Year, Middle East Architect Awards

Finalists for Architizer A+ Awards in multiple categories

 2018

Featured among the 50 most influential architects in the Middle East by the Middle East Architect Magazine

Winner, Boutique Firm of the Year, Middle East Architect Awards

Winner, Retail Interior Design of the year, Commercial Interior Design Awards

Finalist for the ‘Concurso de ideias para a recuperação de uma ilha na rua das Antas’, competition by Habitar Porto

Finalists for Architizer A+ Awards in multiple categories

 2017

Winner, Young Architect of the Year, Middle East Architect Awards

Second Place, Boutique Firm of the Year, Middle East Architect Awards

Winner, Mid-Rise Building of the Year, Cityscape Awards

 2016

Winner, Residential Project of the Year, Middle East Architect Awards

A’ Design Awards 2016: Silver Price for residential projects. F.LOT

 2014

Nominated for the Aga Khan Awards for the Project Edges