AGi Architects, in collaboration with Bonyan Design, recently won the competition to design the General Department of the Information System in Kuwait. The winning concept is clear in its duality, derived from technology, innovation and transparency on one side and security, due to the fact that the main occupant of the building is Ministry of Interior Affairs, on the other. The building is created in superposition of two contrasting layers and seen from afar, it is floating, elevated from the ground and light in its presence. However, closer approach reveals the massive stone plinth.
Despite its massive presence, the building is wrapped in transparent glass envelope of the offices, as a second skin which protects the building from the radiation of the direct Kuwait sun. That secondary skin actually creates a new façade, while enabling building’s ventilation. During the day, the façade works as a chimney and at night it is used to cool the building, using traditional methods. The dominant skin is designed in metal louvers with a polished finish, placed perpendicular to the radiation, deflecting the heat from the building, while allowing the views to the outside.
Due to the primary function of the building, it was extremely important that the circulation and spatial organization enhance clarity and effectiveness. Therefore, the lobby is conceived as an interior urban space where the interaction between public and private occurs.
The development is features the smart pavement, which allow the interaction between the environment and the wayfarer, while provides the connectivity services and geo-positioning, not harming the aesthetic.