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Green Core / AGi architects

  • Architects: AGi 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

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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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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 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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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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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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Tatami Japanese Restaurant / Jassim AlShehab

  • Architects: Jassim AlShehab
  • Location: Sharq, Kuwait City, Kuwait
  • Architects: Jassim AlShehab
  • Project Year: 2011
  • Photographs: Courtesy of jassim alshehab

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