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NINO Restaurant / Jassim Alshehab Architects

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Edges Apartments / Studio Toggle

  • Architects: Studio Toggle
  • Location: Salmiya, Kuwait
  • Design Team: Gijo Paul George, Hend Almatrouk
  • Area: 25000.0 ft2
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Gijo Paul George

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Ali Mohammed T. Al-Ghanim Clinic / AGi architects

  • Architects: AGi 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: Nelson Garrido

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Al Shaheed Park / Ricardo Camacho

  • Architects: Ricardo Camacho
  • Location: Shuhada Park, Kuwait City, Kuwait
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Nelson Garrido

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Box House I / Massive Order

  • Architects: Massive Order
  • 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

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Street House / Massive Order

  • Architects: Massive Order
  • Location: Jaber Al-Ahmad International Stadium, Sixth Ring Road, Al-Ardiya, Kuwait
  • Principle Architect: Muhannad Albaqshi
  • Design Team: Reem Alhumaidan
  • Area: 400.0 sqm
  • Photographs: Nelson Garrido

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AD Classics: Kuwait National Assembly Building / Jørn Utzon

No single building typology reveals as much about a nation’s political culture as the seat of its government. Parliamentary or palatial structures can tell stories of bureaucratic sprawl, autocratic excess, democratic openness, and anything in between. Kuwait’s National Assembly Building, the home of its popularly elected legislature, is no exception. Much like the nominally-democratic, effectively-oligarchic government it hosts, the building projects conflicting messages of accessibility and regionalist modernity, referencing traditions that don’t necessarily exist in the country and sometimes ending up in direct contradiction with itself. As an emblem of political culture, the building is thus perhaps too accurate in its reading of the Kuwaiti story, yielding a revealing insight into the complex political fabric of the country through its own eclectic bricolage of ideas.

Palmetto ornamentation of the debating chamber. Image © Jeffrey van der Wees Roof detail above the public plaza. Image © Jeffrey van der Wees Interior corridor. Image © Jeffrey van der Wees Section through the assembly hall

The Six / fikrr architects

  • Architects: fikrr architects
  • Location: Bnaider, Kuwait
  • Architect In Charge: Fahad AlHumaidi
  • Area: 700.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2010
  • Photographs: Nelson Garrido

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The Fragrance Kitchen / ARCHJS

  • Architects: ARCHJS
  • Location: Al Hamra Tower & Mall, Al-Shuhada Street, Kuwait City, Kuwait
  • Architect In Charge: Jassim Al Shehab
  • Area: 60.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Nelson Garrido

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Kipco Tower / SSH International

  • Architects: SSH International
  • Location: Kuwait City, Kuwait
  • Developer: United Real Estate Company
  • Area: 96185.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Nelson Garrido

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General Department of the Information System Competition Entry / AGi Architects + Bonyan Design

AGi Architects, in collaboration with Bonyan Design, recently won the competition to build the General Department of the Information System in Kuwait. Their design is based on three principles: representativeness, security and functionality, turning the complex - with a total gross area of 135,482 sqm - into a strong civil icon representing Kuwait’s Ministry of Interior Affairs. The building design aims for the clear transmission of a conceptual duality it derives from: technology, innovation and transparency on the one hand versus strength, stability and security, which are inherent to the Ministry of Interior Affairs. More images and architects' description after the break.

The Exhibition Hall / OMA

OMA is designing a new department store concept in Kuwait City. The Exhibition Hall, in the popular 360° Mall, will showcase the creativity of the region alongside international fashion brands through a flexible curated retail space, featuring cultural programs, exhibitions and installations. The project is led by OMA partners Iyad Alsaka and Rem Koolhaas, in partnership with Tamdeen Real Estate Co. 

  • Architects: OMA
  • Location: Kuwait City, Kuwait
  • Project Architect: Alessandro De Santis
  • Architects In Charge: Iyad Alsaka, Rem Koolhaas,
  • Collaborators: Tamdeen Real Estate Co.
  • Area: 9400.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Courtesy of OMA

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Motor Sports Complex Museum Proposal / Marc Anton Dahmen | Studio DMTW

The Motor Sports Complex Museum, which is located next to a new race track and a dragster speedway, is another component of the development in Kuwait City. Designed by Marc Anton Dahmen / Studio DMTW, its main function is to be a public showroom for the King‘s private collection of vintage racing cars. Besides the main exhibition hall with approximately 50 cars, it also houses a pit building including a garage for restaurant, a driving school for kids, a small conference center, a cinema and some private VIP spaces. More images and architects’ description after the break.

S Cube Chalet / AGi architects

  • Architects: AGi architects
  • Location: The Embassy of the Republic of Korea, Kuwait City, Kuwait
  • Architects: AGi architects
  • Area: 750.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2011
  • Photographs: Nelson Garrido

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Wafra Living Complex / AGi Architects

Courtesy of AGi Architects
Courtesy of AGi Architects

The design for the ‘Wafra Living’ complex by AGi Architects won the first prize in the future project/residential category in the WAF 2011 competition. The proposal consists of a high rise building set back from the street and an L-shaped building defining the street edge, conceived to maximize privacy within the community, whilst providing ample natural light and usable indoor and outdoor common spaces. Cuts have been made in the front building in order to provide better views for the lower floor apartments in the back tower. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Ubon / Rashed Alfoudari

  • Architects: Rashed Alfoudari
  • Location: Salhiya, Kuwait City
  • Architect: Rashed Alfoudari
  • Area: 60.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2011
  • Photographs: Unknown photographer

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