Kuwait University, Central Administration Facilities, Shadadiyah

Kuwait University, Central Administration Facilities, Shadadiyah Building, Campus Gateway, ADFA Project

Kuwait University, Central Administration Facilities

KUAF Building: New Education Facilities at multi-faculty institution of higher learning – design by SOM / Pace

May 22, 2017

Kuwait University, Central Administration Facilities, Shadadiyah

Design: SOM / Pace

Administering world-class education facilities for Kuwait

Aerial view at dusk:
Kuwait University, Central Administration Facilities, Shadadiyah
images courtesy of Pace

A unique shading system is implemented to overcome extreme heat, the design of which achieves this goal whilst ensuring each building retains an original and culturally appropriate identity.

Central Admin building, The Stairs:
Kuwait University, Central Administration Facilities, Shadadiyah

Established in 1966, Kuwait University was the first in the country and has evolved into a multi-faculty institution of higher learning. The new ‘University City’ will bring together for the first time the university’s operations to improve the experience of students, staff and visitors.

Visitors’ Center exterior perspective:
Kuwait University, Central Administration Facilities, Shadadiyah

The administration facilities will become an iconic gateway to the new campus. Comprising of seven separate buildings, the facility will include main administrative and ceremonial facilities, a library, cultural centre, mosque, visitor’s centre, conference centre, a central administration building along with a ‘pearl-like’ convocation hall, to be used for ceremonies.

Central Admin building stairs:
Kuwait University, Central Administration Facilities, Shadadiyah

The primary goals for the design of these facilities, which together total nearly three million square feet, included creating a unified architectural language for the buildings each with distinctly different programmatic requirements, mitigating the effects of the harsh desert climate of Kuwait and creating a design that drew inspiration from local vernacular architecture. The design team’s greatest challenge was to deliver a collection of buildings that achieved design excellence to reflect that of the institution itself, yet to do so at the same time as ‘designing out’ the extremes of heat.

Library Exterior:
Kuwait University, Central Administration Facilities, Shadadiyah

Many educational establishments lean towards a central ‘quad’ around which buildings gather. Breaking from this tradition Pace and SOM created smaller, protected exterior gardens or plaza spaces for each building. Collectively they form a quasi-plaza, but each keeps its own characteristics and purpose. academic programme for the new campus and client’s intent to enable world-class educational experiences through its facilities.

The Pearl at dusk, no larger image:
Kuwait University, Central Administration Facilities, Shadadiyah

Kuwait University, Central Administration Facilities, Shadadiyah building images / information from Pace

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SOM

Location:Kuwait University, Kuwait City




Kuwaiti Architecture

Kuwait Architecture Designs – chronological list

A recent Kuwait City building design with involvement from Pace:

19 Apr 2017
Central Bank of Kuwait Building
Dates built: 2005-17
Design: HOK (London) with Pace (Kuwait)
Central Bank of Kuwait tower Central Bank of Kuwait tower
photo © Adrian Welch

Central Bank of Kuwait Building
The Central Bank of Kuwait building has become a new landmark on Kuwait City’s skyline, acting as a symbol of the country’s significant economic power and contribution to the region.
Height: 240m tall
Floors: 41 storeys

Skidmore, Owings & Merrill

Kuwaiti Buildings – Selection

10 Mar 2017
Kuwait International Airport Building
Design: Foster + Partners
Kuwait International Airport Building
image : Foster + Partners

Kuwait International Airport

2 Mar 2017
Three Gardens House, Messila, South East Kuwait City
Design: AGi architects
Three Gardens House
photograph : Fernando Guerra FG+SG

Kuwaiti Residence

27 Feb 2017
Sheikh Jaber Al-Ahmad Cultural Center Building & Landscape
Design: SSH International, Architects
Sheikh Jaber Al-Ahmad Cultural Center Kuwait: JACC
photo © Adrian Welch
Sheikh Jaber Al-Ahmad Cultural Center Photos

The Kuwait National Assembly Building, designed by Danish architect Jørn Utzon in 1972, completed in 1982 under direction of his son Jan Utzon:
Kuwait National Assembly Building

Kuwait Skyscraper Building Photos

National Bank of Kuwait by Foster + Partners (UK):
National Bank of Kuwait by Foster + Partners National Bank of Kuwait by Foster + Partners
National Bank of Kuwait Tower

Al Hamra Tower by SOM (USA):
Al Hamra Firdous Tower Al Hamra Firdous Tower
Al Hamra Tower
Tallest tower in the city at 413 m (1,355 ft), 80 storeys

Kipco Tower building, Sharq – aka United Tower, the fourth tallest in the city:
Kipco Tower building
Kipco Tower Building

Al Tijaria Tower building:
Al Tijaria Tower
Al Tijaria Tower Kuwait City

Al Shaheed Park in the evening, with Al Tijaria Tower beyond:
Al Tijaria Tower
Al Shaheed Park in Kuwait




Kuwait City skyscraper buildings:
Kuwait City skyscraper buildings
Kuwait Skyscraper Building Photos

Al Sharq Tower Building
Architects: Atkins
Al Sharq Tower
picture : Atkins

Al Sharq Tower

Website: Kuwait

City of Silk, Subbiya, Kuwait Bay
Design: Eric Kuhne & Associates
City of Silk Kuwait
picture from architect

City of Silk

The Avenues Kuwait City

Kuwait Cultural Centre

Kuwait International Airport

Dubai Architecture Designs – chronological list

Administration Facilities (ADFA) Project comprises of the following facilities:

• Central Administration Building
• Conference Center
• Grand Mosque
• Convocation Hall
• Cultural Center
• Central University Library
• Visitor Center

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Kuwait University Central Administration Facilities Shadadiyah

Website: Kuwait University – Al-Shadadiyah