360 MALL Vertical Gardens
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360 MALL in Kuwait. Photo courtesy of (C)Mitchell Duncan & Associates Ltd.Project Name: 360 MALL Vertical Gardens
Year: 2009
Owner: Tamdeen Shopping Centers
Location: Kuwait City, Kuwait
Building Type: Commercial
Type: Living Wall
System: Single Source Provider
Size: 8934 sq.ft.
Slope: 100%
Access: Accessible, Open to Public
Submitted by: Greenroofs.com

Designers/Manufacturers of Record:
Developer: Tamdeen Group
Architect: CallisonRTKL
Vertical Garden Designer: Patrick Blanc, Le Mur Vegetal
Living Wall System: Dr. Patrick Blanc, Le Mur Vegetal
Food Court Revitalization Lead Architect: SSH
Design Development, Construction Supervision & Project Management: SSH
360 MALL in Kuwait. Photo via CRKTL.360 MALL in Kuwait and its green window. Photo courtesy of (C)Patrick Blanc.360 MALL in Kuwait. Photo courtesy of (C)Patrick Blanc.
Developed by the Tamdeen Group and designed by architects CallisonRTKL in 2005, the 360 MALL is a unique luxury retail and entertainment complex. Combining upscale shopping, entertainment, art, and state-of-the-art technology to create one of the most dynamic retail and leisure destinations in the region, 360 MALL has become a top destination in Kuwait City. Strategically located in a busy and rapidly growing residential area, its dramatic circular shape was in part a result of rigorous zoning requirements.

CallisonRTKL took architectural design inspiration from the time-honored Islamic tradition of navigating by the stars, and gave the 82,000 m2 development a modern day interpretation while providing the optimal solution for the complex zoning restrictions. The design encompasses long-established Middle Eastern forms, color, and pattern, made from materials that create a timeless, landmark destination. Sculptured landscaping on the outside of the building and an organically shaped skylight in the Main Atrium welcome visitors.

The mall features Kuwait's largest collection of international designer brands; a Geant hypermarket; Marks & Spencer department store; 27 restaurants; a four-story "techno-hub" with an LED canvas including the Cinescape Cinema Complex with VIP cinemas and an IMAX theatre, Indoor Family Entertainment Centre, Indoor Teenage Entertainment Centre, high-tech Bowling, Flight Experience, and Make Meaning - a new entertainment concept to depute for first time in the Middle East; two major hand-blown art installations by glass sculpture artist Dale Chihuly; and stunning, curvaceous indoor Vertical Gardens by French botanist Patrick Blanc on different levels.

RTKL, Tamdeen Group, and the 360 MALL was awarded a 2017 Gold Award in the ICSC 2017 Middle East and North Africa Shopping Centre and Retailer Awards; 2016 Real Estate Developer of the Year at Arabian Business Kuwait Awards; 2011 International Retail Shopping Centre of the Year from Retail and Leisure International; and a five-star designation in the Arabian Property Award 2010 Architectural Retail category.
360 MALL in Kuwait - a vegetal corridor. Photo courtesy of (C)Patrick Blanc.360 MALL in Kuwait; close-up of the green window. Photo via CRKTL.
The Atrium is considered the signature space of the mall, characterized by a three-story-high grand hall that connects the Sun and Star Courts. Featuring full-length windows, the Solar Garden forms a major entry screened by giant, translucent bronze panels with circular planet patterns.

In 2009, the first Patrick Blanc Vertical Gardens in Kuwait were planted here in distinct areas. Totaling 650 m2, the living walls are found in the main Atrium and Solar Garden and also include four freestanding double-sided vegetated walls.

In 2015 the Food Lounge at 360 MALL underwent an extension project in 3 phases. A major feature is the new garden-themed court at The Gardens with additional lush vertical gardens and a 10-meter high waterfall as the focal point. Electronic panels in the ceiling simulate the sky and the mall's common areas have a designer-paneled ceiling. Planted in 2017, 180 m2 of vertical gardens were added including including a 29 m-long narrow suspended blade known as the "Fountain Hanging Crown."

Patrick Blanc selected over 21,500 plants representing over 101 species from all around the world for his Le Mur Vegetal hydroponic greenwalls. Visually stunning, the vertical gardens function as a natural biofilter, improving the mall's air quality. The plants were chosen for their diverse form, color, and texture to create a soothing and relaxing canvas of a tropical forest.

The process of watering and fertilization is automated on a timed irrigation system. The living walls have a built-in water filtration system which helps the plants thrive without worry of a build up of excess salts.

The delightfully appointed interior of 360 MALL now features exquisite vertical gardens set within both light and airy and more cozy areas. Alfresco dining is offered around the beautifully sculpted 10-meter high central water feature in the Solar Garden, surrounded by reflecting pools filled with Japanese Koi and cafe seating.

The 360 MALL showcases elegance, unsurpassed style, and luxury and the garden areas are its crown jewels. A favorite destination for family and friends looking for great shopping, food choices, and a pleasing environment, everyone can enjoy the sights, sounds, scents, and textures of a beautiful, green and charming oasis.

In 2015 Tamdeen Group commenced a massive 360 MALL Extension with a 5-star luxury Grand Hyatt Hotel, additional shopping and leisure activities, and the Sheikh Jaber Al Abdullah Al Jaber Al Sabah International Tennis Complex. The new complex will feature an approximate 1,550 m2 circular Vertical Garden by Patrick Blanc. See the Project Profile for the 360 MALL Extension-Sheikh Jaber Al Abdullah Al Jaber Al Sabah International Tennis Complex in The Greenroof & Greenwall Projects Database.

Additional thumbnail photos:

3-story Vertical Garden. Photo via (C)mid-east.info.360 MALL in Kuwait, the curving Vertical Garden and coffee shop. Photo courtesy of (C)Mitchell Duncan & Associates Ltd.360 MALL in Kuwait. Photo courtesy of (C)Mitchell Duncan & Associates Ltd.360 MALL in Kuwait, a view of the living screens. Photo courtesy of (C)Patrick Blanc.360 MALL in Kuwait. Photo courtesy of (C)Mitchell Duncan & Associates Ltd.
360 MALL is located at Sixth Ring Road, South Surra, Al Zahra'a Area, Safat 13151, Kuwait; +965 1800 360; visit their website.

See beautiful photography from
Mitch Duncan Photography and see the project profiles from CallisonRTKL; SSH; Tamdeen Group; and World Architecture News.

Read the August 30, 2017
The Food Lounge-Dining Reimagined, at 360 Mall by Staff in bazaar; November 10, 2016 Seeing Green: Biophilia and Retail are a Natural Fit by Brendan O'Grady from CallisonRTKL; October 7, 2015 360 MALL Commences Massive Expansive Project to Erich Its Success in Kuwait 360 MALL Press Release; and May 12, 2015 360 MALL Food Lounge to Undergo KD 2 Million Transformation 360 MALL Press Release.
 
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