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Video: Ali Karimi and Hamed Bukhamseen Discuss the Kuwaiti Contribution to the 2016 Venice Biennale

16:20 - 15 August, 2016

In this interview, presented in collaboration with PLANE—SITE, Ali Karimi and Hamed Bukhamseen, curators of the Kuwait Pavilion at the 2016 Venice Biennale, discuss the architectural identity and potential of Kuwait and the Middle East region as a whole. The duo explain how they approached the pavilion design by asking themselves the question: “How do we imagine a conversation between the different countries of the Gulf?”

F.LOT / Studio Toggle

02:00 - 6 July, 2016
F.LOT / Studio Toggle, Courtesy of Studio Toggle
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  • Architects

  • Location

    Al Bida’a, Kuwait
  • Credits

    Hend Almatrouk, Gijo Paul George, Abid Naqvi, Abdul Rashid, Yahia Galal
  • Project Year

    2016
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of Studio Toggle

"Between East and West: a Gulf": Inside Kuwait's Pavilion at the 2016 Venice Biennale

10:30 - 3 July, 2016
"Between East and West: a Gulf": Inside Kuwait's Pavilion at the 2016 Venice Biennale, "Between East and West: a Gulf" / curated by Hamed Bukhamseen & Ali Karimi. Image © Giulio Boem
"Between East and West: a Gulf" / curated by Hamed Bukhamseen & Ali Karimi. Image © Giulio Boem

As part of ArchDaily's coverage of the 2016 Venice Biennale, we are presenting a series of articles written by the curators of the exhibitions and installations on show.

Commissioned by the Kuwaiti National Council of Culture Arts and Letters (NCCAL), Between East and West: A Gulf (BEWAG) began as series of questions - an exploration of points and territories that asks how the architect can imagine a scale beyond the national. The investigation of the hydrography of the Arabian/Persian Gulf and its islands reveals a realm forgotten between two coasts. Acting now as the liquid boundary between nations, the Gulf and its islands are the territories in which the identities of the coasts were initially formed. Prior to the discovery of oil, its waters were the source of livelihood for the region which was connected through trade, cultural exchange and commerce. The shallow body of water and the low sandbars that form its islands, create a shifting network of isolated and interconnected nodes. The Gulf island was inextricably linked to the movement of people and resources,yet of a scale and possible containment that allowed it to be planned and experimented upon throughout history. This meant that the island was the smallest plannable political and ecological space in the region.

The Burrow / LAB 100

02:00 - 3 July, 2016
The Burrow  / LAB 100, © Nelson Garrido
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  • Architects

  • Location

    Sabhan, Kuwait
  • Area

    1000.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

Kuwaiti Pavilion at 2016 Venice Biennale Entitled "Between East and West: a Gulf"

14:00 - 21 March, 2016

The third Kuwaiti Pavilion at the 2016 Venice Biennale, entitled ‘Between East and West: A Gulf’, will "look past Kuwait’s borders to the contested hydrography of the Persian/Arabian Gulf" in order to propose a new masterplan for the region. Curated by Hamed Bukhamseen from Kuwait and Ali Karimi from Bahrain the pavilion will, in an area of physical, religious, and political division, "tell the story of the Gulf’s islands and the possibilities they hold for a joint territorial project."

DALLAH / Associated Architects Partnership

22:00 - 18 March, 2016
DALLAH / Associated Architects Partnership, © Joao Morgado
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Wall House / AGi architects

22:00 - 16 March, 2016
Wall House / AGi architects, © Nelson Garrido
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Hisham A. Alsager Cardiological Hospital / AGi Architects

09:00 - 24 January, 2016
© Nelson Garrido
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  • Architects

  • Location

    Sabah Medical Region, Kuwait
  • Architect in Charge

    Nasser B. Abulhasan, Joaquin Pérez-Goicoechea
  • Area

    15000.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

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Conference: Leaders in Architecture MENA

09:36 - 16 December, 2015
Conference: Leaders in Architecture MENA

Leaders in Architecture MENA is dedicated to developing, celebrating and connecting architects, interior designers and senior decision makers from leading international architectural practices, contractors, developers, government officials, engineers and solution providers. Gathering the most senior industry professionals from across the world, the summit provides a unique opportunity to learn from and get inspired by leaders, luminaries, and legends from within and outside architecture, set future business plans and appreciate breathtaking and daring architecture.

Box House II / Massive Order

22:00 - 1 October, 2015
Box House II / Massive Order, © Nelson Garrido
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  • Architects

  • Location

    Kuwait
  • Architect in Charge

    Muhannad Al-Baqshi
  • Design Team

    Reem Aljalal
  • Area

    500.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

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Mélange Store / Ahmad Fakhra + Massive Order

02:00 - 20 September, 2015
Mélange Store / Ahmad Fakhra + Massive Order, © Nelson Garrido
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Credit One Kuwait Office / AGi Architects

03:00 - 17 September, 2015
Credit One Kuwait Office / AGi Architects, © Juan Roldán
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Green Core / AGi architects

02:00 - 6 July, 2015
Green Core / AGi architects, © Juan Roldán
© Juan Roldán
  • Architects

  • Location

    Kuwait City, Kuwait
  • Design Team

    Nasser B. Abulhasan, Joaquin Pérez-Goicoechea
  • Collaborators Architects

    Gwenola Kergall, Lucía Sánchez Salmón, Carmen Sagredo Rodríguez, Hanan Alkouh, Aisha Alsager, Awrad Tifooni
  • Area

    2800.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

© Juan Roldán © Juan Roldán © Juan Roldán © Juan Roldán +25

NINO Restaurant / Jassim Alshehab Architects

03:00 - 1 May, 2015
NINO Restaurant / Jassim Alshehab Architects, © Nelson Garrido
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Edges Apartments / Studio Toggle

20:00 - 2 April, 2015
Edges Apartments / Studio Toggle, © Gijo Paul George
© Gijo Paul George
  • Architects

  • Location

    Salmiya, Kuwait
  • Design Team

    Gijo Paul George, Hend Almatrouk
  • Area

    25000.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

© Gijo Paul George © Gijo Paul George © Gijo Paul George © Gijo Paul George +16

Ali Mohammed T. Al-Ghanim Clinic / AGi architects

03:00 - 23 March, 2015
Ali Mohammed T. Al-Ghanim Clinic / AGi architects, © Nelson Garrido
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  • Architects

  • Location

    Kuwait
  • Design Team

    Nasser B. Abulhasan, Joaquin Pérez-Goicoechea.
  • Architectural Design Team

    Salvador Cejudo, Stefania Rendinelli, Hanan Alkouh, Gwenola Kergall, Bruno Gomes, Ana López Cerrato.
  • Client

    Ministry of Health of Kuwait / Mr. Ali Mohammad Thuniyan Al-Ghanim
  • Area

    6500.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

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Al Shaheed Park / Ricardo Camacho

23:00 - 15 March, 2015
Al Shaheed Park / Ricardo Camacho , © Nelson Garrido
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Box House I / Massive Order

01:00 - 19 January, 2015
Box House I / Massive Order, © Nelson Garrido
© Nelson Garrido
  • Architects

  • Location

    Kuwait
  • Architect in Charge

    Muhannad Albaqshi
  • Design Team

    Reem Al-Jalal and Eman M Kassem
  • Area

    600.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

© Nelson Garrido © Nelson Garrido © Nelson Garrido © Nelson Garrido +15