KEO design 27,000 sq m University for Kuwait to accommodate 1,500 students
KEO International Consultants have designed a 27,000 sq m University for Kuwait Institute for Science and Technology that will accommodate 1,500 students. Design Director Raj Patel says: “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.”
Central to the concept of the campus is the circulation concourse introduced as a 3-storey atrium connecting the various program elements with sufficient daylight filtering in through its sides. Program component wings housing the Administration, Academic faculty, Classrooms, Academic support, Laboratories and the Graduate program have been placed in a parallel arrangement at various nodal points along the concourse based on functional adjacencies.
The academic wings housing the Classrooms, Laboratories and the Graduate programs are 3-floor blocks sitting astride the central concourse. Each of these wings terminates across the concourse in a node opening on to the circulation spine. Two small (220-seat) and one large (520-seat) lecture halls are accessed from the first floor through pre-function spaces connected to the circulation. All of the component wings are separated by open ended landscaped courtyards creating shaded and controlled outdoor environments.
The entire campus has been appropriately colored in sand tones emphasizing a horizontal movement similar to the shifting plane of the desert landscape. The rectilinear bar buildings end in dynamic angled objects which have been expressed in colored metal cladding. These linear wings resemble tensed levers arranged opposing each other with the central spine as a fulcrum, thus creating an overall appearance of movement and balance.