Kuwait-based AGi Architects are working towards establishing new paradigms of contemporary architecture in the Middle East.
From their humble beginning as a student-driven venture to an award-winning design studio with offices in Kuwait and Madrid, AGi Architects have evolved into one of the Middle East’s most progressive practices.
Founded in 2006 by Nasser B. Abulhasan and Joaquin Perez-Goicoechea, the studio has continually challenged prevalent architectural trends and typologies, delivering a plethora of boundary-pushing projects that offer new perspectives on contemporary architecture in the Middle East.
From residential projects that explore concepts of privacy and individuality within the regional context and commercial buildings focused on the user’s emotional and psychological well-being, to religious buildings that integrate the wider community, AGi Architects see each project as an opportunity to explore new design response that will not only enrich its community but also establish fresh paradigms for architecture originating from the region.
Knowledge Forest │ Spain
The proposal for this kindergarten and primary school seeks to use nature and biophilia as a design tool to transform not only the built environment but more importantly, the experience of the students and faculty who will inhabit it. By integrating landscape into its interiors, this school creates possibilities for the users to nurture their emotional and physiological well-being, which have proven to enhance learning, retention, and character-building.
Horizon Beach │Kuwait
Directly on the beach is the residential project that sits between a contemporary image and a local identity, achieved through its materiality that is defined by the contrast between the exterior and interior elements of arched openings and ceramic façades and patios.
Railway Museum │Spain
With a humanistic approach to its subject matter, this unorthodox gallery seeks to differentiate itself from other similar institutions. The intent to create a point of reference for railway history and knowledge is scaffolded by a design that promotes exploration of technology and science in a uniquely participatory manner, offering the space for social interaction and community.
Rock House │Kuwait
Based on the ancient Japanese paper art, the house was designed as a folded origami structure in reinforced concrete. Its overall form continuously rotates on itself, creating a central courtyard. By using only one material to render the exterior of the built, the designers deliver a rather unexpected residential aesthetic, eschewing ornamentation, and delicacy for a robust and monolithic outlook.
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