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Inspire Pure Fitness Gym / Alhumaidhi Architects

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AD Classics: Kuwait National Assembly Building / Jørn Utzon

This article was originally published on November 20,2014. To read the stories behind other celebrated architecture projects, visit our AD Classics section.

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.

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Luminous Drapes / Studio Toggle

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  • Architects: Studio Toggle
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  200
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2018
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers: Figueras, Ikea, Kirby

Bean to Bar Chocolatier / Studio Toggle

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Kuwait City, Kuwait
  • Architects: Studio Toggle
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  35
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2017
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers: Marmo, Osaka, Profilatti

A House in Yarmouk / Studio Toggle

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Kuwait City, Kuwait
  • Architects: Studio Toggle
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  2500
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2017
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers: Candy, Moooi, TAL, Wicanders, JNF, +3

The Seventh Sense - Powering the Creative Economy

As part of their commitment to enriching the Arab society through identifying and resolving cultural and creative development issues in the region, Nuqat will be launching their 7th annual conference in Kuwait – themed ‘The Seventh Sense – Powering the Creative Economy.'

DALLAH / Associated Architects Partnership

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Kuwait City, Kuwait

Mélange Store / Ahmad Fakhra + Massive Order

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Green Core / AGi architects

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Kuwait City, Kuwait
  • Architects: AGi Architects
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  2800 Area:  2800
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2015 Year:  2015

Al Shaheed Park / Ricardo Camacho

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The Fragrance Kitchen / ARCHJS

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Kuwait City, Kuwait
  • Architects: ARCHJS
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  60 Area:  60
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2012 Year:  2012

Kipco Tower / SSH International

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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

  • Location

    Kuwait City, Kuwait
  • Project Architect

    Alessandro De Santis
  • Architects in Charge

    Iyad Alsaka, Rem Koolhaas,
  • Collaborators

    Tamdeen Real Estate Co.
  • Area

    9400.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of OMA
  • Architects

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S Cube Chalet / AGi Architects

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Kuwait City, Kuwait
  • Architects: AGi Architects
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  750
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2011

MOP House / AGi Architects

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Kuwait City, Kuwait

Ubon / Rashed Alfoudari

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  • Architects: Rashed Alfoudari
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  60
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2011

Tatami Japanese Restaurant / Jassim AlShehab

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