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Oil Development Company Headquarters

Location:
Ahmadi, Kuwait
Client:
Oil Development Company
Scope:
Design competition

This office building design for an invited competition aims to create a contemporary landmark connected to the country’s natural and cultural heritage. Inspired by the natural form of a palm branch and its organic growth patterns, the design explores themes of nature, sustainability, flexibility and expansion. The building takes the form of a series of north-south “branches” intersected by east-west “connectors,” creating two courtyards. These courtyards – one open, one closed – frame the main entrance and incorporate sun shading, protective vegetation and thick walls for thermal energy storage. Alternating bands of curving landscaping, water, paving and natural desert radiate outward from the building edge into the surrounding arid landscape.