This medical centre in Kuwait was designed by AGi architects and looks more like a cultural building than a health facility.
“The anatomic scheme of the heart and its mechanism within the whole human body was used for the design of the project,” AGi Architects said. “The heart is the central muscle of the system, which pumps blood to nourish the rest of organs and cells within it.”
The main body of the building is a monolithic geometric form that rises up at one end. Instead of treating the general volume as a mere container of functions,the architects developed a proposal that is formally similar to one of social and cultural infrastructure. In the interior there are white painted surfaces also in continuation with the exterior. The stone clad façade provides the necessary protection for the harsh weather of Kuwait .
The medical centre includes testing and laboratory departments in ground floor, outpatient departments in first and second floor and there are also rehabilitation and a research center. The building appears as a closed volume for all the façades except for the one facing the sea. The Rehabilitation center is located in this area, so that the users of gym and pool can enjoy the sight.
This three-storey space is surrounded by waiting areas and circulation. These spaces are lined with red aluminium panels that extend across the surfaces of corridors, leading towards a central atrium that forms the building’s “heart”.