NINO Restaurant / Jassim Alshehab Architects

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Architects: Jassim Alshehab Architects
Location: Arabella, 25, , Kuwait
Contractors : International Interiors contracting co.
Area: 480.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Nelson Garrido

Edges Apartments / Studio Toggle

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

Ali Mohammed T. Al-Ghanim Clinic / AGi architects

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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
Year: 2014
Photographs: Nelson Garrido

Box House I / Massive Order

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Architects: Massive Order
Location:
Architect In Charge: Muhannad Albaqshi
Design Team: Reem Al-Jalal and Eman M Kassem
Area: 600.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Nelson Garrido

Street House / Massive Order

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

AD Classics: Kuwait National Assembly Building / Jørn Utzon

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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.

The Six / fikrr architects

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Architects: fikrr architects
Location: Bnaider,
Architect In Charge: Fahad AlHumaidi
Area: 700 sqm
Year: 2010
Photographs: Nelson Garrido

The Fragrance Kitchen / ARCHJS

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

Kipco Tower / SSH International

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

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

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AGi Architects, in collaboration with Bonyan Design, recently won the competition to build the General Department of the Information System in . 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 ’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

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OMA is designing a new department store concept in . 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: 9,400 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Courtesy of OMA

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

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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 . 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

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Architects: AGi architects
Location: Kuwait City, Kuwait
Project Area: 750 sqm
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Nelson Garrido

MOP House / AGI Architects

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Architects: AGI Architects
Location: City,
Design Team: Joaquin Pérez-Goicoechea, Nasser B. Abulhasan, Gwenola Kergall, Georg Thesing, Lucía Sánchez Salmón, María Eugenia Díaz, José Ángel del Campo, Daniel Muñoz Medranda, Hanan Alkouh, Nicolás Martín
Completion: 2011
Client: Private
Photographs: Nelson Garrido

  

Wafra Living Complex / AGi Architects

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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

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Location: Salhiya, City
Project Area: 60 sqm
Project Year: 2011
Photography: Courtesy of archofkuwait.com

Secret House / AGi Architects

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Architects: AGi Architects
Location: , Kuwait
Project Year: 2010
Project Area: 2600 sqm
Photographs: Nelson Garrido

Tatami Japanese Restaurant / Jassim AlShehab

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Architects: Jassim AlShehab
Location: Sharq,
Project year: 2011
Photographs: Courtesy of Jassim AlShehab