KEO International Consultants has designed a new $38m, 27,000m² University for Kuwait Institute for Science and Technology, which will be situated outside Kuwait City.
The building will have space for administration staff, classrooms, academic support, laboratories and will be able to accommodate 1,500 students.
A three-storey atrium will act as a circulation concourse running through the centre of the structure connecting different wings of the campus.
Academic wings featuring classrooms and laboratories and the graduate programmes will be three-floor blocks and will be located beside the central concourse.
Each of the academic wings terminates across the concourse in a node opening on to the circulation spine.
Plans include one 520-seat lecture hall and two smaller 220-seat halls, which will be accessible through the first floor via the pre-function spaces linked to the circulation spine.
All of the component wings are separated by open-ended landscaped courtyards creating shaded and controlled outdoor environments.
KEO International Consultants design director Raj Patel said the inspiration for the project drawn from the site’s natural desert landscape located outside the urban areas 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," Patel said.
KEO said that the entire campus has been designed in sand tones, emphasising a horizontal movement similar to the shifting plane of the desert landscape.
The company added that rectilinear bar buildings end angled objects have been highlighted in coloured metal cladding. These linear wings will look like tensed levers arranged opposing each other with the central spine acting as a fulcrum.
Image: The 27,000m² University for Kuwait Institute will house 1,500 students and a three storey atrium. Photo: KEO International Consultants.