The International Culture & Arts Centre embodies a unique variety of civic nodes and spaces: A Grand Theatre, a Contemporary Art Museum, a Multipurpose Hall and supporting facilities. The central plaza is generated by the relative position of these separate buildings and offers a strong urban experience whereby the flow of pedestrian visitors that come from all sides of the site intersect and meet. In parallel it also stretches outwards to the neighboring streets with unfettered and phenomenal views across Meixi lake with access towards Festival Island.
In the last decades, the increasing presence of brands within department stores has eroded the store’s capacity to define its own identity. Department stores have become characterless landlords of a chaotic rabble of brands, cancelling each other out through their constant declarations of uniqueness. The Exhibition Hall, a new development within Kuwait City’s 360Mall, tries to create a new paradigm that will redefine the relation between department stores and brands by letting them participate in an explicit cultural concept.
Project: Renovation of part of the 360 Mall to house the new concept department store The Exhibition Hall
Location: Kuwait City, Kuwait
Photography: Frans Parthesius
Status: Schematic Design
Clients: Tamdeen Group
Program: Luxury brands boutiques; multi-brands open spaces; temporary exhibitions and events; food and beverage
Project area: Approximately 9,400m2
Partners in charge: Iyad Alsaka and Rem Koolhaas
Project architect: Alessandro De Santis
Team (Concept Design): Marek Benada, Yong Cui, Jing Chen, Daniel Dobson, Emile Estourgie, Paul Feeney, Maria Finders, Bruno Gondo, Dongwoo Kim, Guangrong Liu, Constantinos Louca, Maya Rafih, Jad Semaan, Joe Wu
Team (Schematic Design): Yong Cui, Kaveh Dabiri, Daniel Dobson, Eric Lee, Maya Rafih, Jane Redmond, Jad Semaan
Local Architect, MEP, Cost Management, Landscape: SSH International
Structural Engineering: SSH International / Al Farooqui
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We organized the space of JETRO’s exhibition booth for the Maison&Objet international trade fair held twice a year in Paris, France. The “J STYLE+” joint exhibition booth sponsored by JETRO gathers products from 16 companies selected by members of the Japan-France selection committee. Under the concept “Everlasting: Miscellaneous everyday use goods whose existence shines in our daily lives,” and strived to make a booth with a presence that will stand out even in a different culture by following Japanese qualities and keywords, such as the “Spirit” of the time, “Ease” and “Elegant Cuteness.”
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Organized by the English magazine FX, the 14th Fx International Interior Design Awards gives a prize to the best of interior projects and products from all over the world, realized from June 2010 to July 2012.
Expo CIHAC is the biggest annual architecture and construction exhibition in Latin America. Like many other exhibitions, it creates large-scale contamination due to the excess waste it generates. Almost all the pavilions of the different brands and products related to the architecture and construction industry, end up in the trash. Deeply concerned by this, we approached the exhibition principals with the proposal of creating a low cost – zero waste sustainable pavilion that could set an example for future exhibitions.