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Architecture in Global Socialism: Eastern Europe, West Africa, and the Middle East in the Cold War

In the course of the Cold War, architects, planners, and construction companies from socialist Eastern Europe engaged in a vibrant collaboration with those in West Africa and the Middle East in order to bring modernization to the developing world. Architecture in Global Socialism shows how their collaboration reshaped five cities in the Global South: Accra, Lagos, Baghdad, Abu Dhabi, and Kuwait City.

Łukasz Stanek describes how local authorities and professionals in these cities drew on Soviet prefabrication systems, Hungarian and Polish planning methods, Yugoslav and Bulgarian construction materials, Romanian and East German standard designs, and manual laborers from across Eastern Europe.

OMA / Iyad Alsaka and Reinier De Graaf Uncover Conceptual Design for their First Project in Kuwait

Led by Iyad Alsaka, Reinier de Graaf, Jad Semaan, and Adrianne Fisher, OMA’s proposal was selected as the winning entry for a residential project on Kuwait City’s waterfront. In collaboration with local partner Kuwait-based consultant Pace, The Wafra tower will be OMA's first venture in the country upon its completion.

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KAAT Architects and Yalin Architectural Design Shortlisted for International Design Competition in Kuwait

A two-stage international design competition recently concluded for the new headquarters of The Kuwait Foundation for the Advancement of Sciences (KFAS), the country’s leading organization for advancing science, technology, and innovation. KÂAT Architects and Yalin Architectural Design were shortlisted as finalists in the second stage of the competition for their collaborative entry, a concept which anchors the future within the past. Drawing inspiration from the local traditions, climate, and urban fabric, the group places their design firmly in the context of its location in Kuwait City.

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TOPOTEK 1 Wins Competition for Kuwait Foundation for the Advancement of Sciences

TOPOTEK 1 has won an international competition for the design of the Kuwait Foundation for the Advancement of Sciences. Unanimously selected from a list of 60 first stage entries and 10-second stage finalists, the winning scheme seeks to become “a cosmopolitan institution that promotes excellent and future-orientated science,” situated between a parkland and seaport.

Carefully integrated into the existing environment, the complex is characterized by a distinctive typology merging two buildings with a park landscape. Fostering a cohesive visual dialogue with the surroundings, the new low-rise buildings are connected by a new inviting public space.

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Inspire Pure Fitness Gym / Alhumaidhi Architects

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World's Longest Bridge Nears Completion in Kuwait

The world's longest bridge by Hyundai E&C and Combined Group Contracting is nearing completion in Kuwait. Called the Sheikh Jaber Al-Ahmed Al-Sabah causeway, the $3 billion project is one of the largest infrastructure projects in the world. Running a total length of over 30 miles, the bridge will connect Kuwait City on the south of the bay with Subiya New Town to the north. The causeway joins a larger development plan for the revival of the ancient Silk Road trade route.

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.

Palmetto ornamentation of the debating chamber. Image © Jeffrey van der WeesRoof detail above the public plaza. Image © Jeffrey van der WeesInterior corridor. Image © Jeffrey van der WeesSection through the assembly hall+ 16

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

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

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