KAAT and Yalın shortlisted to design KFAS New Headquarter
Apr 4, 2019
A two-stage international design competition recently concluded for the new headquarters of The Kuwait Foundation for the Advancement of Sciences (KFAS), the country’s leading organization for advancing science, technology, and innovation. KAAT Architects and Yalin Architectural Design were shortlisted as finalists in the second stage of the competition for their collaborative entry, a concept which anchors the future within the past. Drawing inspiration from the local traditions, climate, and urban fabric, the group places their design firmly in the context of its location in Kuwait City.
The competition included the design for two buildings, KFAS Headquarters and KFAS Conference Center, as well as an urban planning and landscaping component to complete the complex. Entrants' goal was to create a model example for future socio-economic developments in the Gulf Region of Kuwait. KAAT and Yalin partnered and worked together to develop their concept, which advanced to the final stage of the competition.
Kuwait’s dramatic landscape, harsh desert climate, and the vernacular solutions which have emerged from them were a source of inspiration for the team. The designers made a conscious effort to truly integrate and project these references forward, rather than merely utilizing them on a superficial level.
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