SSH-designed cultural centre in Kuwait wins architecture award
The Sheikh Abdullah Al Salem Cultural Centre (ASCC) in Kuwait, designed by international architecture practice SSH, has been awarded the Public Services Architecture Award at the Africa & Arabia Property Awards, held recently in Dubai.
A part of the Amiri Diwan of Kuwait's vision for the country to become a cultural centre of the region, ASCC is a "world-class museum district that celebrates Kuwaiti, Islamic and Arab culture and history".
Inaugurated on 5 February, 2018, the complex consists of six distinct areas, each housed within their own building. The different museums include natural history, science, Islamic history and space, and there's also a fine arts centre and theatre.
The development was designed around a central 'street', inspired by traditional streets in Kuwait and covered by a high-tech canopy. The 'spine' of the project, the street reveals intimate spaces, Islamic patterns, corners and walkways, while also offering views into each museum building.
SSH was appointed by Al Ghanim International as lead architecture and engineering designer on the complex. Working collaboratively with world-leading museum specialists, SSH was able to deliver the ASCC project for the Amiri Diwan to the stringent standards required of world-class public cultural buildings.