Gleaming cultural centre to rise in Kuwait desert city

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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