Al Shaheed Park by Ricardo Camacho

Post by Mark

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Portuguese architect Ricardo Camacho and the popular architecture website ArchDaily have put together an intellectual expose on how the new Al Shaheed Park was conceptualized. Ricardo is the architect behind Al Shaheed Park and although I have yet to see it in person, based on the photos on ArchDaily I am already head over heels in love.

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This has to be the most beautiful place in Kuwait at the moment, it just looks so stunning. In the article Ricardo takes us on a tour of the park explaining all the elements and buildings but even if you don’t want to read you can still enjoy flipping through all the photos.

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Also someone needs to tell the people at Al Tijaria Tower across the street that the huge advert on the side of their building has turned their building into an eyesore. Someone should also put Ricardo in charge of all of Kuwait City including the new Kuwait Airways building. Anyway check out the article and photos on Al Shaheed Park [Here]


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  1. M965 says:

    man. all these buildings.

    not one single decent skate park in Kuwait. i don’t even think there is one beside the one in marina.

    when will one of these richie richs step up and build one. no doubt there will be business.

    i mean it’s only 2015 still. we have time.

  2. Khaled says:

    THIS, THIS is what Kuwait has needed for the LONGEST time. Spectacularly done, extremely modern and the quality looks incredible.

    Finally, a world-class project for this country – maybe there’s hope after all.

  3. Buzz says:

    What are the buildings exactly for? Are they going to be museums, zen gardens, meditation zones?

    • Mark says:

      Read the article for details

      • Buzz says:

        I did, and its very vague; visitors center (toilets?), museum (of what?). The article mentioned “Diwan Amiri” 62 times, so its clear where the money came from. Anyway, good luck with it. I don’t think I’ll be going there anytime soon. There is more than enough concrete structures in this city.

        • Mark says:

          Not sure how but we’ll try to make the best of it without you. Take care

        • James says:

          +10 Buzz. I have to agree with him on this. Yes its beautiful (for now and its in the eye of the beholder) But whats the real purpose and why put it in the middle of all the commercial congestion and yes again.. what is its true purpose! Waste of money on concrete until someone really markets this!

  4. Buzfairy says:

    The problem isn’t in the design. It’s in the durability of it.

    Like when I went to see the (now closed) golden-jubillee monument in Shaheed park a couple of yrs ago (check this http://buzfairy.com/2012/11/12/kuwaits-stunning-golden-jubilee-monument-النصب-التذكاري-لدستور-الكويت/). It was an amazing and very beautiful structure…. But sadly, it didn’t last 2 months. It was soon closed off, the gardens neglected, and the monument relegated to press releases and private pics.

    I do hope the new design doesn’t suffer the same fate.

    • Mark says:

      That’s not a design problem, that’s a maintenance problem. Majority of old projects in kuwait are crumbling not because of poor design but because of complete lack of maintenance. Entertainment City is an example.

      • buzfairy says:

        Durability was the wrong word. That’s not what I meant at all.

        What I mean is the seriousness of having such projects. They should last a while. Actually, something longer than a while.

        Things as beautiful and meaningful and expensive as these projects, should have long and public plans.

        You don’t build a fancy museum or monument just to take pics on opening day; then shut it down. You built them so that people get to enjoy them year in and year out. Hopefully for decades.

        I’m keeping my fingers crossed that this expansion\development gets to have that.

  5. This looks nice, better than most buildings in Kuwait

  6. Hooters Kuwait says:

    Nice. Very nice. Simple yet elegant. Flawless design; immaculate execution. Has signature Amiri Diwan written all over it.

  7. swair says:

    Yo Buzz, the visitor center has toilets, restaurants and a gift shop and like most visitor centers directs you to and tells you about other areas of a project. The museums are about the MARTYRS of Kuwait (methinks its prolly a good thing to, you know, remember them!!) So what if the money comes from the Amiri Diwan? Isnt it a good thing that they’re investing in a public park? i mean shit 36million kd is never thrown at something you kiiinnnndaaa believe in. Kuwaitis travel to all these western places to be able to go to PUBLIC SPACES LIKE THESE!!!! How many Ktowners have travelled to hyde park? central park? EVERY PIAZZA IN ROME? Also you must realize that this is mostly park right? there are a few concrete buildings but ITS MOSTLY A PARK. hence the name SHAHEED PARK.

    cool now thats off my chest. thanks.

  8. Ricardo says:

    Dear Mark,
    I would like to thank you for the words.
    Sincerely hope this team can keep working in Kuwait the same way it did here at Al Shaheed Park.
    All The best
    Ricardo Camacho

  9. aaa says:

    This looks amazing


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