New Sief Palace

The primary role was to define the local expression of the complex in addition to defining a palace of that size, where none had before existed in Kuwait, while employing local rhetoric and character as the main aim.

The complex makes considerable use of regional influences from India, Iran, and Iraq while also exemplifying the simplicity in expression of old Kuwaiti houses. These influences, present in the detailed patterns on the interior and exterior structures, were simplified and reintroduced in such a way as to render the palace a unique expression which would be reminiscent, but not a replicate, of those regional influences. The past is also preserved as the older palace dating back to 1906 was renovated and incorporated into the new design.

Location Kuwait City - Kuwait
Client Ministry of Public Works – Special Projects Administration
Services Performed Architectural, Engineering and Interior Design & Supervision
Cost KD 160 million
Completion 2006
Project Data Total Site Area: 300,000sqm; Built Up Area: 660,000sqm, Man-made Lake: 210,000sqm
Associated International Consultant Ekono Oy, Finland (security & electro-mechanical work); Halcro, UK (marine works); PACE, Kuwait (landscaping)