Sacred Geometry – Surge 2019

14 May , 2019  

This annual Design Challenge is a unique event born out of a synergy between the driven team at Surge and the A+D community’s commitment to sustainable design.

Each year, selected design firms compete to design a unique, one of a kind product made completely from sustainable materials. And this year’s theme is Sacred Geometry (download the PDF below for details).

The annual Surge Gala event acts as a competitive platform for design firms to compete and showcase their best, sustainable masterpieces. UAE’s leading design houses spend months honing bespoke creations that will be unveiled at the gala later this year.

Deadline to Register extended to June 16th, 2019
Deadline to Submit Concept Brief extended to July 07th, 2019


The word ‘Geometry’ comes from the Greek words Geos (meaning ‘Earth’) and Metron (meaning ‘to measure’). Sacred geometry ascribes symbolic and sacred meanings to certain geometric shapes and proportions, and is understood to be deeply rooted in the patterns observed in nature, from the basic cells in our bodies to the complex structures of the universe.

Nature’s Design

Many forms observed in nature can be related to geometry for practical reasons, such as resource optimisation. The stunning nautilus, for example, grows at a constant rate, with its shell forming a logarithmic spiral to accommodate that growth without changing shape. Honey bees construct perfect hexagonal cells for their honeycomb.

Human Design

In ancient civilisations, sacred geometry was often used in art and architecture – from simple spirals to more complex forms. Today sacred geometry is still used in the planning and construction of structures, such as churches, temples, mosques, and religious monuments, as well as the creation of religious art.


Living in such fast paced, rapidly growing, urban cities, we are often disconnected from the amazing power and beauty of nature. Designers are challenged to connect these worlds by taking inspiration from sacred geometry patterns, seen in both nature and ancient architecture, and create a functional piece of furniture or lighting. The design should also optimise resources by using recycled*, natural, or even living materials.

*Materials used should be recycled/reclaimed/upcycled and made or sourced in the UAE.


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