College of Life Sciences

Sabah Al-Salem University - Shadadiyah, Kuwait

Traditional Arabic design is re-imagined in this non-traditional approach to life sciences.


The Project

In our ongoing work at the new university outside of Kuwait City, this facility for environmental and family sciences will serve 3,000 students and support a multidisciplinary approach to education and research. Its nutrition and production labs, as well as a mental health clinic, will be open to all.

The Approach

The iconic Arabic design traditions of mashrabiya (screen) and wind towers are interpreted in a modern expression in the new facility as the façade and organizing atrium. The innovative screen shading directs views and mitigates solar glare and the sloped facades allow the building to self-shade. The central atrium acts as a point of orientation and congregation and provides directional ventilation. Both are practical solutions as distinguished design elements.

The Result

The two-building complex houses classrooms and lecture halls as complementary but separate buildings serving male and female students. A galleria doubles as an academic street that runs the length of the complex, with one public facing side for food production labs, gallery space and clinics to showcase the entrepreneurial and community value of the students’ work.



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LEED certification


2023 Award of Merit

AIA Middle East Design Award

2022 International Architecture Award

Chicago Athenaeum Museum

2022 Sustainable Design Award

Metal Architecture

2022 Category Winner - Design and Metal

LOOP Design Awards

2021 Special Mention - Higher Education & Research Facilities

Architizer A+ Awards

2021 MENA Education Project of the Year - Regional Winner

Middle East Economic Digest

2021 MEED Education Project of the Year - National Winner

Middle East Economic Digest

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