KEO unveils $38m Kuwait university

South West Exterior View

KEO International Consultants has unveiled its design for the $38m Kuwait Institute for Science and Technology  which covers 27,000m2 and accommodates 1,500 students.

A key design feature is the three-storey atrium connecting the various programme elements with sufficient daylight filtering in through its sides.

The complex will house administration, academic faculty, classrooms, academic support, laboratories and the graduate programme.

Design Director at KEO International Consultants, Raj Patel said: “The inspiration for the project stemmed from the site’s natural desert scape located outside the urban fabric of the city.

“The natural and contextual phenomenon of continuously shifting and realigning furrows in the sand formed by the movement of wind reflect in the striation of forms and organisation of the design.”

The entire campus has been coloured in sand tones emphasising a horizontal movement similar to the shifting plane of the desert landscape.

The rectilinear bar buildings end in dynamic angled objects which have been expressed in coloured metal cladding.

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