When complete, it will be the studio's first built project in Kuwait. Set on the waterfront in the Hessa Al Mubarak district, Wafra Tower is a collaboration between OMA directors Iyad Alsaka and Reinier de Graaf, and local consultants Pace.
Formed of five blocks stacked around an exposed core, each section of the tower will be rotated slightly off axis. The grid-like facade of the tower will exaggerate its offset vertical form.
Green terraces will be planted on the tops of each block, which will feature sports amenities, swimming pools and diwaniyas – reception or gathering halls where Kuwaiti men can receive guests.
Roughly L-shaped, the wider base will maximise the number of apartments offered at lower levels while the stepped form will give the higher apartments wide views out over the gulf.
Corner apartments will have multiple viewing angles, and large penthouses will be including in the block alongside one, two and three bedroom apartments.
At ground level, the raised lobby will include lounge areas and co-working spaces that have sea views. Construction is due to start on Wafra Tower at the end of 2020.
British practice Gensler completed twin towers containing offices and a hotel in Kuwait City last year, and Japanese studio Nendo recently designed a trendy coffee shop just south of the capital.
OMA, which was founded by Rem Koolhaas, along with Elia and Zoe Zenghelis and Madelon Vriesendorp, in 1975, has recently completed a stepped glass tower in San Francisco, USA, and a residential tower in New York that features a prismatic corner.
Images courtesy of OMA.
Local architect: Pace
Lead partners: Iyad Alsaka, Reinier de Graaf
Project architect: Jad Semaan
Director-in-charge: Adrianne Fisher