Screening
for Cancer

The Kuwait Cancer Center fulfills a critical step in the Ministry of Health’s long-term strategy to build state-of-the-art healthcare facilities for the people of Kuwait.

The 618-bed hospital will be one of the largest cancer centers in the world, with radiation oncology, state-of-the-art hybrid and traditional cancer surgery, nuclear medicine, radiology, chemotherapy, hematology, outpatient oncology clinics and a full complement of supporting clinical and material support functions.

The design aspires to provide an empowering environment for cancer patients, their loved ones and their caregivers. The facility celebrates and enables life at every stage, while continuously improving patient outcomes and staff performances.

The architecture of the Kuwait Cancer Center is most strongly defined on the inside of the facility, much like the courtyard in a traditional Kuwaiti house. A pattern of extruded metal fins, arrayed in a diagrid and inspired by mashrabiya screening, addresses issues of solar radiation, thermal comfort, glare and privacy. Computational studies were performed to determine the areas of greatest solar exposure, where the screens are most concentrated.