In 2016, SSH, one of the leading master planning, infrastructure, building design, construction supervision and project management firms in the Middle East, was appointed by Kuwait’s Ministry of Health and Ministry of Public Works to provide a study and design for the new children’s hospital on a design-award-construct basis. The design was revealed by the Ministry of Public Works for the first time during the Arab Health Conference, with the project being undertaken by SSH in association with global architects HKS and engineering firm WSP.
Kuwait’s newest tertiary children’s hospital will be the largest hospital of its kind in the world. It features a total of 792 beds that will suit all medical needs and methods of treatment. The 300,000 sqm hospital is located within the Al Sabah Specialty Medical Area, in Al-Shuwaikh.
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For the 7th consecutive year, Archdaily are tasking their readers with the responsibility of recognizing and rewarding the projects that are making an impact in the profession with ArchDaily’s 2016 Building of the Year Awards. By voting, you are part of an unbiased, distributed network of jurors and peers that has elevated the most relevant projects over the past six years. Over the next two weeks, your collective intelligence will filter over 3,000 projects down to just 14 stand-outs – the best in each category on ArchDaily.
This year, fortunately for Kuwait, two projects made the nominations, Al Shaheed Park ( Public Architecture) and Ali Mohammed T. Al Ghanim Clinic (Health care Architecture).
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The past prosperity of Kuwait – symbolized by the pearl diving dhows which sailed the Arabian Gulf – and its prospects for a bright future based on finances and investment come together in a design by KEO which is set to become a “beacon for the city”.
Yesterday, Constructionweekonline posted that KEO is working on the design for the new headquarters for the Kuwait Investment Authority located in the country’s capital city, the design for which is inspired by four elements based on traditional Islamic design – the courtyard, sustainability, the mashrabiya and traditional geometric shapes.
Design director Raj Patel said: “The building is really in two parts. The large horizontal podium containing a VIP reception hall, conference center, dining hall, and public spaces are in the shape of a dhow – the vessel which bought riches to the country through fishing and pearl diving.
“Also included is the vertical modern tower piercing the skyline, which contains the private offices for the employees. It represents the future wealth of the country and its increasing global presence.
“Both forms are majestic and a powerful symbol of the past and future which remind the occupants and visitors that both can be celebrated in one project.”
The 220m tall tower is lifted six floors off ground level so the podium building slips through it. The tower consists of 40 floors which are stacked in five office courtyard atriums of eight floors each. Each of these eight storey courtyard atriums has a two storey atrium extending to the east, a four storey atrium extending to the north, and a two story atrium extending to the west. A central 16m x 16m open void on each floor is what links the eight floors together.
© Nelson Garrido
The design and concept of Al Shaheed Park in Kuwait has been the center of the local media’s attention recently, it has created the biggest buzz since the completion on the Hamra Tower. The name of the park is Al Shaheed which means The Martyr in Arabic, this is what brought up the concept of creating a space to honor the war martyrs through national celebrations and festivals.
“Each of the building programs inserted in this Park reconversion must be read as a carefully staged plan of action with precise formal and social objectives. These are components of a comprehensive project of the Amiri Diwan to instigate the participation of national citizens in the city’s public space beyond the private owned shopping malls ‘gallerias’. Today, this larger conception informs the Emir Office’s practice and social policies.”
Many furniture pieces were supplied by Pro-design Group, especially the beautiful counter from Brabbu shown above.
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