Sheikh Jaber Al-Ahmad Cultural Centre in Kuwait
The Sheikh Jaber Al-Ahmad Cultural Centre is a multidisciplinary public space owned by the Amiri Diwan striving to entertain, educate and inspire the people of Kuwait. It will offer a range of events – in music, theatre, film, workshops and spoken word – for every generation and sector of society.
The sprawling 214,000sq m centre is located in the heart of Kuwait City and comprises four buildings, a theatre centre, a music centre, a conference centre and a library for historical documents.
The four buildings at the centre, whose geometric design was inspired by Islamic architecture, are covered with thousands of square meters of titanium shell. Named after the late Amir Sheikh Jaber Al-Ahmad, the centre has several state-of-the-art halls, including a 1,200-seat concert hall, as well as an indoor parking facility for 3,200 vehicles. The project, designed by SSH firm, was completed in just 22 months. Although Kuwait has been the leader in theatre and television serials in the Gulf region, it did not have a modern theatre.