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Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal
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.

General Department of Information System in Kuwait by AGi architects & Bonyan Design

September 5th, 2013 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: AGi architects & Bonyan Design

The design proposal for the General Department of Information System (GDIS), in Kuwait, developed by AGi architects in collaboration with Bonyan Design, is based on three principles: representativeness, security and functionality, turning the complex -with a total gross area of 135,482 sqm- into a strong civil icon representing Kuwait’s Ministry of Interior Affairs.

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  • Architects: AGi architects & Bonyan Design
  • Project: General Department of Information System
  • Location: Kuwait
  • Type: Institutional, 135,482 sqm, Competition – First prize
  • Date: 2013
  • Client: Ministry of Interior Affairs and Ministry of Public Works

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Building design aims for the clear transmission of a conceptual duality it derives from: technology, innovation and transparency on the one hand versus strength, stability and security, which are inherent to the Ministry of Interior Affairs that will occupying the building, on the other.

This concept is driven in the building by two contrasting layers that are superimposed onto one another. From afar the building is perceived as a light volume elevated from the ground floor, becoming a landmark in the urban landscape for the citizens, while a closer approach will show the massiveness of the stone plinth, a lower part of the building that is opened to the public the main gates and lifts from ground to hold the upper levels lighter glass structures that house the offices of the various departments.

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AGi architects
The Spanish-Kuwaiti architect studio AGi architects was founded in 2006 by the young architects educated at Harvard University, Joaquín Pérez-Goicoechea and Nasser B. Abulhasan. Salvador Cejudo is educated at the Architectural Association School of Architecture; he started to collaborate with AGi in 2007 and became a design partner in 2009.

With a noticeable international character and a multidisciplinary focus, AGi architects offer a professional service emphasizing in quality, creativity and exclusive design, with a vision to create environments contributing to a lasting value for clients through distinctive and imaginative solutions. At present, the studio has offices in Kuwait and Madrid, comprising of a team of 40 professionals.

The studio’s architecture is based on four founding pillars: innovation, an existential component, ecological and social vocation, and research. AGi architects provide comprehensive services in architecture, urban planning and design, interior design, research, consultancy and complementary services.

Among the latest acknowledgements for AGi architects are three Middle East Architect Awards 2012, two mentions at MIPIM Architectural Review Future Projects Awards 2012, two consecutive WAF prizes (2011 and 2010 editions) and various awards granted in the last editions of Cityscape Awards and International Property Awards, amongst other prizes.

Bonyan Design
Bonyan Design is a full service architectural and building engineering firm with more than twenty five years of Planning, Design and Supervision experience. Its practice includes feasibility studies, pre-development, planning, architectural, building engineering services and construction management.

Bonyan Design – Consultants, Architects, Engineers and Planners established in 1981, have continuously developed its Professional and Technical capabilities, and gained the trust and confidence of Governmental and Private Client’s within a short period of time.
One of the main concerns at Bonyan Design is building Kuwait’s Architectural identity which is reflected clearly in the Fresh Food Souks project and the renovation of 3 historic Mosque. Bonyan Design has won many competitions in the Private Sector.

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