RTKL Wins Arabian Property Award

RTKL, the global architecture, engineering, and urban design firm, received on Wednesday (October 27) the Arabian Property Award for its design of the 360 Mall, a more than 269,028-sq.-ft. luxury shopping center in Kuwait City. As part of the International Property Awards program, the Arabian Property Award recognizes the best residential and commercial real estate projects and professionals. The 360 Mall was awarded a “5 Star Award” for the best overall entry in the Architecture Retail category for Kuwait.

Later this year, winners from the Arabian Property Awards will compete against other companies from Asia, the UK, the Americas, Europe and Africa to find the ultimate “World’s Best” in each of the 15 categories.

Developed by the Tamdeen Group and designed by RTKL, 360 Mall combines upscale, retail, entertainment, art, and technology to create one of the most dynamic shopping and leisure destinations in the region. The circular design plan of the shopping center is arranged as a journey that celebrates Kuwait’s cultural ties to the Arabic art of navigation, and provided the optimal design solution for the challenging zoning restrictions for the site.

The design is a modern interpretation of traditional Middle Eastern form, color, and pattern, made from materials that create a timeless, landmark destination. The mall features a four-story “techno-hub,” with an LED canvas, an indoor vertical garden (with over 21,000 plants) and two major art installations by glass sculpture artist, Dale Chihuly.

The 360 Mall is the fourth major RTKL-designed retail and mixed-use project to open in the Middle East. Bahrain City Centre in Manama, Kingdom of Bahrain and Mirdif City Centre in Dubai have also opened in the past two years, and a renovation and expansion of Al Ghurair City in Dubai is currently under construction. RTKL has five more major retail projects in final documentation stages and several others in the region on the drawing boards, making RTKL one of the most active and prominent commercial design firms in the Middle East.

Other design awards garnered by the project include:

* Best Retail Developer: 360 Mall by Tamdeen

* Best Interior Design, Commercial: MAKS INTERIORS, Shabestan Restaurant at 360 Mall

* “Highly Commended” Interior Design, Commercial : I-concept design, Gaming zone at 360 Mall