KEO International designs $38m Kuwait University

KEO International designs $38m Kuwait University
Published: 19 February 2013 - 10 a.m.

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KEO International Consultants has designed a new 27,000m2 University for Kuwait Institute for Science and Technology that will accommodate up to 1,500 students.

The $38m campus will include a three storey-high atrium as a circulation concourse running through the centre linking different wings of the campus allocated to administration, academic, support and graduate buildings.

The academic wings containing classrooms and laboratories are three-floor blocks which site astride a central concourse. One 520-seat lecture hall and two smaller 220-seat halls are also accessed via the first floor.

KEO International Consultants' design director 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 campus has been designed in sand tones and emphasise "a horizontal movement similar to the shifting plane of the desert landscape", according to KEO.

Rectilinear bar buildings end in angled objects which have been finished with coloured metal cladding.

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