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RTKL bag Arabian Property Award

by Orlando Crowcroft on Oct 28, 2010

RKTL's Kuwait City mall is the firm's fourth in the region.
RKTL's Kuwait City mall is the firm's fourth in the region.

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Architecture firm RTKL has received an Arabian Property Award for its 360 Mall project in Kuwait City.

The firm, which has designed four malls in the Middle East including Mirdif City Centre, in Dubai, and Bahrain City Centre, was commended for its Kuwait project at the International Property Awards. The 82,000m2 shopping centre was awarded a five-star designation in the architectural retail category.

Developed by the Tamdeen Group, 360 Mall combines retail outlets and entertainment venues. RTKL's role in the project included master planning, architecture, interior design, environmental media and graphics, branding and identity.

“Our vision for 360 Mall was to create a truly luxurious shopping destination timeless in its appeal. The mall’s unique design and world-class architecture have played a crucial part in achieving this vision," said Mohamed Jassim K. Al Marzouq, chairman and CEO of Tamdeen.

“The International Property Awards is one of the most distinguished programs in the region and internationally, and we are honored that our project has been recognized.”

The circular plan design of the centre represents a journey that celebrates Kuwait’s cultural ties to the Arabic art of navigation, but that also provided the optimal design solution for the complex zoning restrictions associated with the site. The mall boasts several notable features including a four-story “techno hub” with an LED canvas, an indoor vertical garden featuring more than 21,000 plants and two major art installations by renowned glass sculpture artist Dale Chihuly.

Jeffrey Gunning, vice president of RTKL’s retail group, said that the success of the project demonstrates a new approach to global retail.

“Successful retail projects need to provide not only the best retail offerings from the local and international markets, but they must also bring something new and different to the table. 360 MALL does this with its luxury offerings and experiential environment," he said.

Later this year, winners from the Arabian Property Awards will compete against other successful companies from Asia Pacific, the UK, the Americas, Europe and Africa to find the ultimate World’s Best in each category.