South Surra District, Kuwait
Kuwait’s Ministry of Education had outgrown its office space. With up to 5000 people and 600 couriers moving through the facility on any given day, the Ministry needed an updated Headquarters to accommodate this influx, consolidate scattered offices, position for growth and provide a home worthy of its noble mandate: to inspire and positively influence the future of Kuwait through education.
We were inspired by the rich maritime history of Kuwait ship building, and designed the headquarters as two curved office buildings that overlap to form an interior atrium, reminiscent of dhows passing at sea. That atrium also serves as the monumental public access space keeping visitors and traffic flowing securely and efficiently.
The programmatic challenges of relocating 8 Ministry departments and 3,600 employees were met with forward-thinking office design and support spaces. The logistical challenge of accommodating employee and visitor cars and drivers was solved with a three-level underground parking garage and easy access to the main atrium.
10m x 20m