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AD Classics: Kuwait National Assembly Building / Jørn Utzon

17:00 - 13 January, 2019
AD Classics: Kuwait National Assembly Building / Jørn Utzon, Covered plaza. Image © Jeffrey van der Wees
Covered plaza. Image © Jeffrey van der Wees

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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.

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 + 16

AD Classics: Bagsværd Church / Jørn Utzon

01:00 - 12 September, 2011
AD Classics: Bagsværd Church / Jørn Utzon, © Flickr User: seier + seier
© Flickr User: seier + seier

Photo by alanbenzie - http://www.flickr.com/photos/fridgemonkey/ Photo by seier + seier - http://www.flickr.com/photos/seier/ Photo by seier + seier - http://www.flickr.com/photos/seier/ Photo by dvmoc - http://www.flickr.com/photos/davoxt/ + 14

The Bagsværd Church by Jørn Utzon was completed in 1976. Though not his most famous work, the church is an example of the architect’s inventive work at a different scale. Utzon designed the church with an unassuming exterior that merely hints at the stirring forms he created inside.

AD Classics: Sydney Opera House / Jørn Utzon

00:00 - 23 June, 2010
AD Classics: Sydney Opera House / Jørn Utzon

AD Classics: Sydney Opera House / Jørn Utzon AD Classics: Sydney Opera House / Jørn Utzon AD Classics: Sydney Opera House / Jørn Utzon AD Classics: Sydney Opera House / Jørn Utzon + 22

  • Architects

  • Location

    Royal Botanic Gardens & Domain, Art Gallery Rd, Sydney NSW 2000, Australia
  • Category

  • Architect

    Jørn Utzon
  • Structural Engineer

    Ove Arup & Partners
  • Client

    New South Wales Government
  • References

    Sydney Opera House, New Jersey Institute of Technology
  • Project Year

    1973
  • Photographs