PrizeWinner in Architectural Design / Residential Architecture
Firm LocationP.O. Box 1805, Safat 13019, Kuwait

RESIDENTIAL NASIMA aims to question the
essential realization of an ever modernizing
and homogenizing surrounding urban context.
As Kuwait City moves towards drastic and
rapid modernization, the architectural values
that should protect the culture, traditions
of the city, and the individual are
disintegrating. To instigate the debate of
preserving culture while allowing progress,
RN as part of a whole, exemplifies a
development that blends into the city fabric.
The part takes inspiration from the
historical, natural landscape and urban
clusters, while providing a provoking
contemporary design and controlled solutions
in contrast. RN sets out to question two
typical archetypes seen throughout the region
- standard, rectilinear, symmetrical city
plot dimensions, and the abundant use of
native stone and white concrete. The design
works backwards from the basic volume of the
zoning envelope - the cube. Then the
monolithic volume is brutally chiseled
through a series of cuts informing internal
use, shading, and access to reflect on the
issues of traditional functions, extreme
climate, as well as exposure and privacy
highlighting the lifestyle aspect of the GCC
region. The final design encompasses over
6000 square meters of built area and provides
for eight unique residential units.