The Amiri Diwan of Kuwait is working with local firms Pan Arab Consulting Engineers (PACE) and SSH to rebuild and expand the historic Palace of Justice in Kuwait City. Upon completion, it will become the Middle East’s tallest and largest judicial building.
Designed to be a “symbol of fairness and integrity” for Kuwait, the project will see the construction of a 25-story building with 141 courtrooms, as well as both automated and conventional parking for nearly 3,000 cars.
The structure will be located in a prime location in Kuwait City on a plot with an area of 34,500 square meters. The building itself will have a gross area of 356,189 square meters.
To meet the needs of the building’s occupants, the façade has been equipped with a glass frontage composed of different sized windows, based on the specific purposes of the rooms. Optimal window sizes aim to provide ample natural light to the varying interiors.
Every feature within the building serves to support its dual-functionality as a space for both the government and its citizens. The project’s ethos aims to reflect Kuwait’s commitment to justice. The building’s exterior is made to symbolize the Scales of Justice through two floating, cantilevered wings.
These hold both the courtrooms and office spaces. In between these two wings lies a “Golden Geode” atrium, which forms the heart of the building. This central space merges with the plaza below to form the entryway into the facility. This open and transparent concourse is where the team hopes “the voices of the people” are heard.
According to the Amiri Diwan, construction on the new Palace of Justice is progressing according to plans, having reached 34% completion in record time.
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