Apartment Building Salmiya Kuwait City 2015
The Edges Apartment, with its articulated brick cladded façade, lights up the streets of Salmiya, a predominantly expat neighborhood in Kuwait.
Hend Almatrouk, Gijo Paul George
Gijo Paul George
A simple rhythmic twist, achieved by transposition of the vertices on either side of a finite axis, imparts dynamism and drama to the façade. A very restrained palette of locally sourced natural brick and exposed concrete finish further emphasizes the purity of the mass and gives the building its unique personality.
On the ground floor, an exposed lobby adjacent to the parking area provides access to the staircase, lifts and a communal gym, which faces the street and is partially shielded behind more metal louvres. The lobby's glass-reinforced concrete ceiling incorporates recessed lighting in an angular channel that directs residents and visitors towards the various entrances and continues the sharp lines of the facade. Patinated concrete floor tiles coated with clear epoxy resin form a hardy surface that complements the brick. A patio to the rear of the building accommodates a small open-air swimming pool.
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