Gurdwara Sikh Temple

Lead Designer
Prize(s)3rd Place in Interior Design / Institutional
Entry Description

The Client’s brief was straightforward; “to create a place of worship for the Sikh community in Dubai”. Although highly specialized and sensitive in nature, we had the ability to be open-minded with the design aesthetics while being respectful of tradition in regards to the concept and functional requirements.
It was a great honor and testimony to our design ethics to be considered for such a project, a first within the Middle East located in Jebel Ali, Dubai. The land was gifted by H.H. Sheikh Mohammad while the project itself was supported by the Dubai and Indian Governments.
The creation of a tri-layered graphic was applied to a laminated glass window. Each image was printed onto glass panels using heat reflective films to create a clear visual; the graphic rotates visually over the glazed surfaces of the architectural envelope. The intricate designed ceilings are a combination of inverted positive and negative ceiling moldings creating a dynamic visual. The immense fret-cut decorative wall panels are softly illuminated from behind through to the meditation rooms’ delicate customized sheers creating spiritual serenity.
All the elements were to be aesthetically unique with materials such as handpicked Italian Carrara marble from its source in Massa, hand-stitched embossed leather panels, illuminated wall surfaces, intricate ceilings, bespoke furniture pieces, upholstered panels, Swarovski crystal studded sheers, dynamic “Kinetic” window detail and pendant lighting floating serenely above.
A dynamic yet contemporary design approach maintaining the language of Sikhism was to be created. The layering and build up of varying textured surfaces incorporated numerous techniques and materials which were projected over internal surfaces creating a 3-dimensional construct. Graphic forms and patterns were abstracted from their original context and applied within through engravings, fret-cuts, embossing and moldings maintaining the design philosophy yet with an inherent serenity, sophistication and elegance.


Founded by Paul and Ellen Bishop in 2004, Bishop Design L.L.C. has continuously completed projects across the entire MENA region as well as internationally. An excellent and award-winning portfolio of Commercial, Hospitality, Retail and Residential projects have been secured through recommendation, referral and repeat business – a true endorsement of the company’s abilities. The success is mainly owed to the dedication and personal touch that is applied to each and every project executed.

It is through Bishop Design LLC’s execution of well-planned design solutions, extensive expertise of product knowledge and costs along with the dedicated coordination and supervision, that their portfolio holds hundreds of successfully executed projects worldwide. Utilizing state of the art materials and products incorporating bespoke custom-made pieces enables Bishop Design LLC to continually expand and develop new design methods in the ever-changing market.