- • The Project: College of Business Administration (CBA) Women’s and Men’s
campuses at Kuwait University at Sabah Al-Salem University City
- • The Team: CambridgeSeven (Patti Intrieri, Principal; Marc Rogers, Principal;
Joslin Stewart, Associate Principal; and Sumi Fasolo, Senior Associate)
- • The Solution: CambridgeSeven ingenuity and a specialized product supplied and manufactured
by Advanced Glazings Ltd.
- • The Vendor: Future Glass based in Dubai.
CambridgeSeven set out to source materials that could bring its vision for a public gathering place, a 40,000 square foot atrium on the sprawling desert campus of the CBA, to life. The materials would need to withstand extreme desert temperatures that fluctuate between a frigid 4 degrees Celsius and a steaming 48 degrees Celsius, offer natural daylight and circulate cool air over a campus the size of New York’s Empire State Building rotated on its side.
The design called for white light to diffuse deep into the space, imparting the feeling of an expansive outdoor garden. Smart classrooms surround the atrium to maximize student and faculty interactions between classes as they pass through the core of the university. The open, airy location also offers students exposure to natural daylight while they socialize and relax between classes.
“The CBA atrium features an enormous sawtooth skylight inspired by Greek agora — an ancient public space — but designed for air control in hot climates like Kuwait,” Marc Rogers, CambridgeSeven Principal, said. The skylit central atrium is the heart of the building where informal interactions between faculty and students and community fosters the exchange of ideas.
CambridgeSeven selected the Advanced Glazings Solera®, an engineered daylight diffuser that transforms raw sunlight into soft, gentle, practical daylight that fills an entire space. Solera® allows natural daylighting while providing high thermal performance, giving the benefits of natural light without the glare.
During the design, CambridgeSeven established four
overarching performance goals for this project:
- • Bright and controlled daylighting using external façade shading
- • Strategic use of engineered light-diffusing elements
- • Thermal performance
- • LEED-certifiable sustainability
CambridgeSeven chose Solera® glass units at R18 / U.04 for the entire atrium skylight at design conception to ensure the daylighting component of this design supported the project’s sustainability goal. To achieve this, a daylight model comparison was created by the Advanced Glazings, Ltd research and development team to show how Solera®-engineered daylight diffusers would look in the space. It demonstrated that using Solera as a separate component on the south allowed the building owner to satisfy sustainability goals, as well as create a visually and thermally comfortable space for students. The resulting sawtooth skylight, with a north to south orientation, was overglazed for daylighting and cooling balance using 1,126 Solera® R18 units, creating an aesthetic of crisp lines and variegated façade.
“The daylight model allowed us to predict the outcome
of the space from a daylighting and thermal perspective
to ensure glare and heat control were satisfied
for this building,” Rogers explained.
Advanced Glazings Ltd. is proud to have worked with CambridgeSeven and our partner, Future Glass, in Dubai on the Kuwait College of Business Administration complex, completed in 2018. The result is an amazing occupant experience with beautiful, diffused natural daylight for the more than 4,000 students and 820 faculty members on site. The Kuwait College of Business Administration Women and Men campuses comprise a total area of 850,000 sq ft and obtained a LEED Silver certification.