STATUS // LAUNCHED 2016
LOCATION // AI RIGGAE, KUWAIT
Al Riggae development will encompass high and low rise residential towers located in the existing development area of Durrar located outside of Kuwait city. The project is targeted at expats and professionals working in Kuwait City who desire a high quality of modern residential living in a desirable location not far from the city center.
The master plan covers four plots of apartment towers which are planned to accommodate up to 100,000 square meters of GFA (Gross Floor Area) with an approximate total of 900 residential units. The development is planned to be constructed in stages giving greater flexibility and allowing occupants to move into the development more quickly.
Centralized to all the plots is ‘Plot E’ where an ‘Urban Oasis’ has been planned. This will include a clubhouse, recreational facilities and landscape gardens. The ‘Urban Oasis’ has been strategically located in the master plan giving desirable outlooks from apartments onto green areas.
Apartment towers are designed with a mixture of high-rise and low-rise residential typologies. The low-rise towers place more importance on garden views towards the ‘Urban Oasis’, while the curved triangular high-rise towers place more importance on engaging the prime views of Kuwait Bay located in the distance.
Internal apartment layouts have been designed with the inside-out philosophy starting with the unit design configuration. The concept has been to create a double height space experience at living areas for the larger apartments while giving the feeling of spaciousness throughout all rooms. The smaller apartment layouts are designed as simplex configurations with a long frontage of living and dining facing towards the balcony and outside views. This maximizes the internal space and also gives the feeling of spaciousness.
The micro-climates in Kuwait have informed how the façade has been designed to address these specific conditions. The façade has been designed around the ‘Cocoon Effect’ with deep facade reveals assisting in shielding the building envelope from excessive heat and glare. Apartments have also been designed to allow for good natural ventilation through rooms placing less emphasis on air conditioning and giving occupants greater flexibility with how they live.
The iconic forms of the towers will become to symbolize the modern and visionary status of the proposed residential development giving it a distinct identity on the Kuwait City horizon.