|May 8th, 2011, 01:33 AM||#1|
Brief State of Euphoria
Join Date: Aug 2004
Location: Kuwait City
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#RENOVATION: "Kuwait National Museum", 5F, Museum
Client : Ministry of Public Works
Function : Infrastructure and rehabilitation of buildings, elevation treatment & extension to the existing museum complex.
Engineering Consultants : PAN ARAB CONSULTING ENGINEERS
Status : Under Construction
Location : Kuwait City
Area : Unknown m2
Hight/Floors : Unknown / Unknown
Start / Complete : 2011 / Unknown
During the Iraqi Invasion, the Iraqi forces looted and burned the Kuwait National Museum. PACE has undertaken the task to rebuild the museum and give back to the Kuwaiti people a valuable resource of their heritage. PACE’s tasks are to provide a new infrastructure to the museum complex, rehabilitation of buildings, elevation treatment and extension to the existing museum complex. New additions to the museum include buildings for the library, main entrance, storage, car park, central plant and landscaping.
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but wiser people so full of doubts..
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|September 28th, 2015, 12:01 PM||#5|
Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: Kuwait & Scotland
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Good news, guys: I drove by the site a few days ago and noticed that some of the buildings were covered in scaffolding and protective covers and new signboards were installed on the seaside and roadside fences of the site. Looks like physical reconstruction of the Museum has officially begun, something which I've confirmed with this rendering and information I found online.
مشروع اعادة تأهيل متحف الكويت الوطني جاري تنفيذه و تبلغ تكلفته 11 مليون و880 ألفا و460 دينارا، تشمل أعمال تأهيل مبنيين يستخدمان كمعارض ومكاتب لدار الآثار الاسلامية، بالاضافة الى انشاء مبنيين جديدين يستغل أحدهما كمكتبة والآخر عبارة عن المدخل الرئيسي بالاضافة الى جسرين لربط المباني مع بعضها. ويشمل العقد كذلك أعمال الساحات الخارجية للموقع بالكامل بالاضافة الى مواقف السيارات لزوار المتحف. ومتوقع انجاز المشروع نهاية 2016
- This will primarily be a rehabilitation project, so the current design of the building will be more or less [better or worse] preserved
- The project will cost 11880460 KWD, or a little over 39.3 million USD
- The reconstruction project will cover two buildings housing exhibit space and offices for the Dar Al-Athar Al-Islamiyyah in addition to the construction of two new buildings [one will house a library, the other the main entrance to the Museum]
- Two bridges will connect the buildings to one another
- The project contract also includes full landscaping for the entire site in addition to parking spaces for visitors
- Construction has begun and completion is expected by the end of 2016
I also found information and a rendering from KMC Holding's site:
Project: Kuwait National Museum – Rehabilitation Project
Location: Kuwait City, State of Kuwait
Project Value: USD 41.3 million
Project Duration: July 2014 – July 2016
Client: National Council for Culture Art and Letters
Consultant: PACE – Architectural Engineering Planning
KMC’s Scope: Main Contractor (Turnkey)
The project consists of six buildings, two new buildings and the rehabilitation for four buildings. Rehabilitation Works, Upgrading of Finishes, Art Work, External Facade and Roof Cladding for the building, and new construction work, Interior Design and External works.
This sounds great; this is a prominent building on a very key site so it will be excellent to bring it back into use after more than two decades of abandonment. While I wish that a more powerful design be used for the buildings, a part of me admires the desire to preserve the former design and breathe new life into a piece of older/former Kuwait. Hopefully the Museum will be worthwhile of being representative of Kuwait on a national level and will help propel this country onto a more international stage.
I'll try to pass by the site and get some photo updates within the next two days.
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|September 28th, 2015, 12:35 PM||#6|
Join Date: Sep 2015
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|September 28th, 2015, 01:04 PM||#7|
Join Date: Mar 2012
Location: Kuwait City / Birmingham UK
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I remember visiting this museum on a school trip. It's great to see a lot of investment being put into our cultural attractions.
I wish they would do something with the Educational Science museum in Kuwait City. It's a beautiful building that is falling apart at the moment.