This flyer basically sums up the whole event taking place tomorrow (Friday and Saturday). This to That will be taking place at the Al Americani Cultural Center located on the corner of the Arabian Gulf Road and Al-Shuhada Street, by the National Assembly Parliament building and across the road from Youm Al-Bahaar. Anyone interested in architecture can learn so much about how it’s evolved through the years. Registration can be done through www.thistothat.eventzilla.net.
Music lover’s will find some pretty interesting cubic chairs, fun accessories to start building up a world class collection of furniture that comes with in-built sound systems varying in size and shape.
I think it will be worth checking out because I believe they will be offering some very well designed sound systems which may be perfect for bacherlor’s pad or any family with a love of music and looking for way to fancy up their homes.
you can take a quick browse through their website to get a better idea; http://www.musicrocker.de/
Looks like the heavy rain caused many flooding issues around Kuwait. I posted about expected flooding in Kuwait due to inadequacy and/or failure of storm water drainage systems in Kuwait. I received tons of photos from readers about water flooding around Kuwait including South Surra area, Ahmadi Hospital, Kuwait Airport, Qurain area…etc. However what drew my attention is the short video for a flooding inside the Avenues Mall due to the overflowing drainage caused by the heavy rain, I’m surprised because it’s relatively new. This tells us that there are underlying issues in the design and construction, this is bad. Proper engineering for various projects including mega ones is an essential aspect and overlooking it would cause numerous troubles. Problem is most owners only focus on the aesthetic/architectural aspects of buildings. I hope the contractor is willing to fix this issue for the Avenues.
What’s with all these buildings collapsing thesedays? Today another building suddenly collapsed in Jabriya area near Starbucks in the afternoon. They say the fire fighters are still looking for survivors that they heard screaming under the rubble. Scary! Apparently, the building was under demolition but something went terribly wrong and collapsed all of a sudden.
My guts tell me that they are not demolishing the old buildings the proper and safe way! I hope everybody’s alright.
Image via [@hamdool]
I saw some photos for the Grand Mosque after the renovations have been completed. The new interior indeed looks fabulous especially the false ceiling design and the finishing works, the chandeliers and lighting also look amazing with those carvings that are derived from the architecture of Islamic civilization. However no exterior works have been done and I heard the mosque capacity has reduced but I’m not sure.
While having dinner (well it was Suhoor) last night at Kuwait City with some friends we started talking about how Kuwait City has changed in the last ten years with many tall buildings starting to appear. I love skyscrapers and high rise buildings, they make the city skyline look more beautiful (especially at night) and futuristic in a way. Take Dubai for example, Sheikh Zayed Road is now world famous for all those high rise buildings. So I decided to post about the planned and under construction towers in Kuwait City. So are you ready?
Central Bank of Kuwait New HQ: I’m sure you all have seen this one, it’s located in Sharq on the Gulf Road nearby Al Seef Palace. I was told the height is around 240 meters and there are 41 floors, and a multi–storey car park building (three basements, a ground floor, and 4 floors above the ground level). Below are 3D models showing how it will look once it’s completed.
Burj Al Shaya: I think it’s also called Gate of Kuwait (not sure though) and I read that it’s 320-metre high and planned to be used as a five-star hotel (Four Seasons hotel), office space, multi-storey car park, convention center and high-end retail space. It’s located nearby Burj Jasim and is designed by the same designers behind The Avenues mall and expected completion date is 2015.
Wataniya Telecom New HQ: It’s the new head quarter for Wataniya Telecom and it’s located at Sour Street next to the Liberation Tower. I remember the opening was during Kuwait National Day celebrations back in February and there was a show projected on the building exterior.
New NBK HQ Tower: I see it everytime I go to Al Hamra Tower, it’s located right across the street from Al Hamra Luxury Center. I was told by a friend that architectural design was created by renowned designer Foster + Partners and its height is about 300 meters and will consists of 60 floors plus 3 basements.
Kuwait Business Town (KBT): I saw it when I drove across Mirqab, I’m not sure what it is exactly but it seemed like a shopping and business tower. Luckily I found the video below (in Arabic) that explains the idea of this tower.
Do you think the Avenues mall project has fully completed with the opening of Phase III? I was curious to know if there would be more phases or expansions coming up so I did my tough homework and did some investigation to find out. Let’s first admit that the Avenues is truly one of the most interesting mega projects in Kuwait, it attracts the majority of the shoppers, and strollers, in Kuwait and the GCC and it receives a lot of attention from the media (and us).
That being said, I found out that Phase 4 is next on the line and is currently in design phase. The project itself has undergone many changes during the design and probably execution phases, a good example is the cancellation for the construction of Zaha Hadid mosque from the project scope (above). I heard some leaked news that Phase IV will include two 5-star hotels (probably Four Seasons Hotel is one of them since they said they are opening in Kuwait) after they finally got the required approvals from Baladiya (Kuwait Municipality), which in my opinion is such an excellent idea and will make the Avenues an ultimate destination for shoppers. Also I heard Phase IV will include another expansion for the shoppers, I guess this will make it the biggest shopping mall in the region.
Another thing that is being built is the multi-purpose ballroom but that’s part of Phase III. Personally, I wish if they include a skating rink or say more recreational facilities in the upcoming Phase IV. I’ll surely get you exact details on Phase IV as time goes by but so far this all remains as speculations.