College for Life Sciences

College for Life Sciences

Sabah Al-Salem University City, Kuwait
Project Year

College for Women

CambridgeSeven as Architects

Cambridge Seven, in association with Gulf Consult, was commissioned by Kuwait University to undertake the Study, Design and Supervision of the College for Life Sciences. The College for Life Sciences (CLS) will serve 3,000 students on both the male and female campuses. It will house five major departments: Art and Design, Communication Science and Language, Environmental Technology, Family Sciences, and Information Science. This state-of-the-art facility will feature laboratories, classrooms, lecture rooms, exhibit hall, an administrative office suite, faculty offices, prayer rooms and a Food Production Demonstration Facility. The design is centered on the themes of "art" and "environment" which act as common threads linking departments together. Natural daylighting, ventilation and the incorporation of sustainable building materials create a healthy and living environment. This college design is a compelling and bold architectural statement that comes from the creation of centralized atria as the heart of the college under a large overhanging roof. It is cloaked with a sloped, diaphanous skin made up of desert-colored triangular perforated metal panels designed to filter natural daylight and to shade the interior from the harsh sun. The project is designed to attain LEED Silver certification.

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