COLLEGE OF LIFE SCIENCES

KUWAIT UNIVERSITY, KUWAIT CITY- Kuwait University’s College of Life Sciences is clad in striking, textured material that changes color intensity with the sun’s movement—mimicking the surrounding desert. Design architect CambridgeSeven, Cambridge, Massachusetts, created the building’s form using diamond-shaped perforated metal panels arranged on a diagonal grid in response to extensive environmental analysis. The panels draw from the ancient science and aesthetics of traditional mashrabiya screens, which provide natural ventilation and shading. These screens are used specifically in this climate because they limit sun penetration while allowing cool breezes to keep building interiors at a pleasant temperature. The metal fins were manufactured from 1/8-inch-thick aluminum panels that were perforated with diamond-shaped holes used to relieve wind load on the façade.