Boston-based architects CambridgeSeven have just completed Kuwait’s new Ministry of Education headquarters in the country’s district of South Surra. The building, a modern glass and metal composition, now houses eight ministry departments and some 3,600 employees, who relocated from different sites across the country. Consolidating a variety of needs, the new building is set to not only provide modern accomodation for one of the country’s most important public services, but also allow room for growth in the future.
The structure’s curved shape is inspired by the rich maritime history of Kuwait, and the architects referenced its shipbuilding industry by designing an office building that abstractly resembles the prow of a ship. A large central courtyard sits at the heart of the ministry, while elsewhere the building features a 600-seat multi-purpose auditorium, a two-level cafeteria, and three levels of parking. To ensure the interiors remain cool, the architects specified that the external glass should be layered with copper so as to better filter the amount of sunlight that enters the building.