This project included initial master planning for the remote embassy site and continued through conceptual design and complete contract documents. Project components included the Ambassador’s residence, housing for State Department staff, and outdoor space for Embassy functions. Studies were also prepared for the location of a Gulf War monument.
This challenging site, on the outskirts of Kuwait City, presented many constraints, including the harsh desert environment, poor water quality and availability, strong winds, and severe sun conditions. Extensive research was required to select plant material that could survive these site conditions while providing much-needed shade. Sun protection for queuing visitors was also provided through the use of architectural structures and other landscape features.
With security a major concern, a series of outdoor spaces was carefully designed to accommodate the separation of large public activities and the more private Embassy functions.
Scott Rykiel started this project while at another firm.