Both the new KFAS headquarters and the conference centre would take full advantage of the particular conditions of the plot, but also share an urban purpose: to connect with the surrounding environment, including the sea. This idea is reinforced by the promenade configuration, and is arranged by the urban approach of both buildings by eliminating, as much as possible, barriers between exterior and interior.
The cohesion of the urban character is reaffirmed by a shared façade composition: a skin that protects both buildings from solar and wind conditions. This facade system is inspired by traditional Islamic geometric designs as a framework that brightens or densifies in response to the solar orientation.
Volumetrically, the shape of both buildings is inspired by traditional Kuwaiti fishing boats, as a reminder of the ancient heritage and tradition of Kuwait. Thus, the design pays homage to the history of the country and, at the same time, creates a milestone for the future.
|Architect||Albert de Pineda|
|Address||150 1 Street, Salmiya (Kuwait)|
|Owner||KFAS Kuwait Foundation for the Advancement of Sciences|
|Architecture Team||Marcial Novo, Carla Romagosa, Gustavo López, Alexandra Demetriu, Jenicá Craiu, Eftalia Proios, Catarina Oom|