Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.
Wafra Living in Kuwait by Agi Architects
November 17th, 2011 by Sumit Singhal
Article source: AGi Architects
The design for the “Wafra Living” complex, consists of a high rise building set back from the street and an L-shaped building defining the street edge, conceived to maximize privacy within the community, whilst providing ample natural light and usable indoor and outdoor common spaces. Cuts have been made in the front building in order to provide better views for the lower floor apartments in the back tower.
The proposal combines at different levels domestic and collective scales, private and public, within the complex, whilst at the same time traces the way to merge in the neighborhood by offering part of the ground floor level (where the pedestrian and car access are) to community life through the retail facilities included. At level +6.00 m is created a “High Square”, a community space for the tenants to enjoy sports or any other leisure activities in a more private environment. A “veil” is created on the façade as an occupiable layer that conceals the various service spaces within the apartments that do not directly relate to the public.
It is a unifying element throughout the project that is seen as a constructed space, rather than an aesthetic façade layer, that can be used for various purposes. It defines the whole compound as it starts on the 6th floor and grows, like ivy, vertically and horizontally, complementing the rest of the façade. It also serves to solve the needs for fi re egress and even as a walking path to the users. Thus this layer hosts the fi re escape stairs, separated away from the cores to be placed in this secondary circulation layer that faces the inner courtyard of the complex.
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