kuwait malls


Souk Al-Wataniyah in Kuwait City by The Architects Collaborative [1974-1979]. While the TAC had originally been founded by the pioneers of the Bauhaus movement, later projects by the firm were designed as brutalist. The project was intended to reflect the traditional markets found throughout the Islamic world and translate them onto the concept of the Western shopping mall. It is six storeys tall, with two of them underground, and is constructed of concrete cast in situ as well as prefabricated elements. There are relatively few windows facing the exterior in order to protect the interior from the harsh climate and recalls the introversive nature of Islamic architecture. Inside are a number of courtyards which serve as focal points for each individual cell. This mall is the third of a series designed by the same architects.