Gleaming cultural centre to rise in Kuwait desert city

Gleaming cultural centre to rise in Kuwait desert city

BDP, Kuwait

BDP has been appointed by the Public Authority of Housing Welfare (PAHW) to design a cultural centre for Sabah Al Ahmad, a new city in the Kuwaiti desert.

The centre will lie at the heart of the city and is said to provide an “inspirational home for a wide range of cultural activities” according to the architecture firm.

Project director Richard McDowell said: “A key driver for us is the desire to create a new centre with a sense of place, a timeless edifice that acts as a focal point for the new city of Sabah Al Ahmad but that also fulfils the role of a spiritual heart space in the city.

“Creating this project on such a scale while maintaining a humanistic approach is a complex challenge culturally, architecturally and environmentally, and we intend to set a new international standard for such facilities”.

The form pays homage to the Arabian dhow sailing boat while a “lily-pad roof canopy” is supported on tree-like timber columns within the central oasis garden.

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