Gensler to design Kuwait entertainment hub

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Wafra Real Estate has appointed Gensler as lead consultant for a 5,760m2 food and beverage and entertainment destination in Kuwait.

The scheme, Wafra Seef, is located along the coastline of the Al Mahboula area, south of Kuwait City.

The design is based on a shell and core system that maximises leasing opportunities, increases the utilisation of outdoor space and contributes to efficient circulation in the lobby and dining outlets.

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Tareq Abu-Sukheila, managing director of Gensler Abu Dhabi, said: “We have designed Wafra Seef to offer beautiful indoor and outdoor spaces, with spectacular views of the Gulf.

“Our designers utilised Gensler’s ample expertise in retail to provide a distinctive complex enhanced by the beautiful surroundings of the Arabian Coast.”

A critical design element is said to be connectivity; therefore smooth transitions between drop-off and ground floor terraces in the form of sloped walkways were completely integrated into the form of the site.

A strong linear axis between the street entrance and the ocean allows for clear views from nearly all occupied locations.

To  enhance this line, a series of focal points or nodes were created at the primary entrance, the under bridge area and the sunken courtyard.

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