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The New Kuwait Sports Shooting Club presents the opportunity to speculate on the area of urbanism in Kuwait, emerging typologies in its architecture, and a progressive attitude towards sustainability in the Middle East. With a footprint of 100,000 square meters, the project breaches traditional codification: neither architecture, nor urban design, instead it offers techniques, spatial conditions, organizational structures and programming that broadens traditional disciplinary boundaries.
Comprised of spatial hybrids, the scheme poses unprecedented ways of bringing programs together that are conventionally segregated, compartmentalized, or stratified. Contrary to dominant development paradigms, where districts are separated by zoning, functions, and uses, the scheme proposes a more cross-bred environment where alliances between programs may foster a better relationship between private and public life, while offering a feasible economical strategy for the district as a development plan. Instead of proposing different buildings, separate blocks, and divorced programs, we identify key programmatic overlaps to bring together certain public activities, while also using the resources of one program to amplify the potentials of another. The idea of the project is to draw from the richness of programmatic layering, mixed-use functions, and multiple activities to sponsor a lively and economically diverse public environment — all under one thickened canopy, containing housing.
The programs within the project are drawn from familiar types, but their mode of accretion, composition, and conjunction is held together by a structure that negotiates, indeed reconciles, their geometric differences. The structure is analogous to the sponge-like form and material-to-weight ratio of human bone: a trabecular structure in which material is concentrated efficiently in response to the applied or anticipated loading while minimizing weight. In areas of high moments, shears, or in response to concerns of serviceability, the form of the slab system morphs from a typical, orthogonal, uniform depth rib system into a system of deeper ribs, wider ribs, or more closely spaced ribs. The changing shape of the coffering responds to the intensity of the loading and the need to provide strength and stiffness to the system.
Principal in Charge:
Nader Tehrani and Monica Ponce de Leon
Ghazal Abbasy, Sean Baccei, Arthur Chang, Michael Filisky, Lisa Huang, Ji-Young Park, Ahmad Reza Schricker, Kyle Sturgeon