KIST New University, Kuwait

Kuwait Institute of Science and Technology (KIST) is a campus development intended to become a centre of excellence in the teaching of design and technology based on the model of the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) in Delhi. The implementation of this project is spread over three phases reflecting the number of students accommodated, beginning with 400, then 900 and reaching a final enrolment of 1500 students in five years.

The plot occupied by KIST covers 75,000 sq. m near Doha, Kuwait and the project requires the provision of a total 21,500 sq. m of buildings distributed in blocks which vary in height from one to four floors. Fundamental to the design concept of the campus and to how the buildings are sited, is the east west axis of a double height central circulation concourse. The easy circulation of staff and students occurs at two levels of the concourse, allowing direct, spacious access to the rectilinear wings which house the specialist educational functions. Large lecture halls, the cafeteria, library and academic support spaces all feature along the spine of the central concourse.