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kuwait city crossrail

Alexandre Zein
Université Saint-Esprit de Kaslik, Department Of Architecture, Kaslik
Lebanon

Project idea

Since the advent of oil modernization in 1950, Kuwait city tackled an urban transformation and development that had impact on the urban society, social relations and public behavior, including the demolition of one of the oldest government hospitals “Al-Amiri Hospital” in the late 1970’s to become today a parking lot that serves the area.

The project’s mission is to revitalize the place that used to be the public’s destination for medical services without mislaying its actual function and denying its past.

In order to conserve the land’s initial function that seem to be a parking lot, the whole structure is shifted all the way to the underground, leaving the ground level freely open to the vibrant city.

Project description

The proposition is to re-create the initial façade considered to be the symbiosis screen that will connect the past to the future. Thus, its duty is to project us to the future performing an architectural contrast where behind the aesthetical arches blends a stylistic plant that renew itself referring to the theory that nature that corrects human’s mistakes. Hence, the public umbrella is a cell-based and self-iterating shape with 70% of the plot open to the sky allowing the smooth penetration of the sunrays to the inside of the public cross rail.

In an act of covering the pedestrian alleyways from one part and allowing the photosynthesis procedure to ensue in the green areas from another part will provide a natural environment to the gathering public.

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