The plenteousness past of kuwait and its future prospects based on finances and investment come together in a design by KEO which is to set become a “beacon for the city”. The design team is constructing a new headquarters for the Kuwait Investment Authority in Kuwait City which is inspired by four elements based on a traditional Islamic design.
Design Director Raj Patel said: “The building is really in two parts. The large horizontal podium containing a VIP Reception Hall, Conference Centre, Dining Hall, and public spaces are in the shape of a dhow – the vessel which bought riches to the country through fishing and pearl diving. And the vertical modern tower piercing the skyline, which contains the private offices for the employees. It represents the future wealth of the country and its increasing global presence.”
The project is based on traditional Middle East notions of sustainability which have been a part of regional design for thousands of years.