Kuwait is hot. Indeed, on many lists Kuwait City ranks as the hottest inhabited city in the world, its average maximum temperatures reaching 104°F in the month of August.
So the new campus of Kuwait University, a public university founded in 1966, has been designed with heat management in mind. Known as the Sabah Al Salem University City project, the campus will be located on a 6 million m2 plot located just to the southwest of Kuwait City.
The campus center is similar to "the lawn at the University of Virginia, the kind of main quad around which all of the buildings are organized," says Scott Duncan, AIA, LEED AP, a design director in the New York office of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, LLP (SOM), which completed both the architectural and structural design of the seven central buildings.