[First look] BDP has been appointed to design a cultural centre for Sabah Al Ahmad – a planned city in the Kuwaiti desert
The UK’s largest architectural company was commissioned by Kuwait’s Public Authority of Housing Welfare to design the landmark building which features a ‘lily-pad’ roof canopy supported on timber columns.
The scheme is designed to act as a physical reference point for the city centre, featuring a ‘unique’ public gathering space.
The job was won in competition against 20 unnamed international companies.
BDP project director Richard McDowell said: ‘A key driver for us is the desire to create a new centre with a sense of place, a timeless edifice that acts as a focal point for the new city of Sabah Al Ahmad but that also fulfils the role of a spiritual heart space in the city.
‘Creating this project on such a scale while maintaing a humanistic approach is a complex challenge culturally, architecturally and environmentally, and we intend to set a new international standard for such facilities.’