OMA: the exhibition hall at 360° mall, kuwait city OMA: the exhibition hall at 360° mall, kuwait city
feb 14, 2013

OMA: the exhibition hall at 360° mall, kuwait city

‘the exhibition hall’ by OMA, kuwait city, kuwaitall images courtesy of OMA




kuwait city’s popular 360° mall is quickly becoming a site for world-class international architecture. OMA was slated to design a concept department store centered around showcasing the burgeoning creative industries in the region. the translucent megastore is a flexible space that acts as both a public event venue and consumer-driven department store, set to house a range of international fashion brands. commissioned by kuwaiti sheikh majed al-sabah, the forthcoming exhibition hall makes use of its culturally engendered and elegantly meticulous arabic geometries to seamlessly integrate into the circular plan of the neighboring mall.


retailers will work alongside a contemporary public forum for the city over three levels of generously glazed galleries. these partitioned spaces recall famous kuwaiti open air markets, called souks, whose typology makes for individual brand development. walls with circular cut outs will function as both transverse corridors and frames for shifting views. the effect is such that the space will be ever-changing and fully customizable. while the manifold structure supplies ample light during the day, the effect is reversed at night when the architecture becomes a beacon of new possibilities and cultural exchange.

models show the translucent box in situ as in nestles into the round mall image © frans parthesius / OMA

retailers have the liberty of creating their own brand identity within the confines of the porous box image © frans parthesius / OMA

the galleries serve multiple functions, both cultural and commercial image © frans parthesius / OMA

recalling open-air markets typical of the area, the exhibition hall’s spaces will also showcase a rich design and artisanal culture image © frans parthesius / OMA

circular wall perforations preform the double function of dynamic aperture and practical walkway image © frans parthesius / OMA

the hall is expected to adjust to a multitude of programs image © frans parthesius / OMA


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