22 galleries across 22,000m²
Long before the destination was even open to the public, the Sheikh Abdullah Al-Salem Cultural Centre was a global talking point within the conservation and heritage sector. As part of the new Kuwait National Cultural District (KNCD), the 13-hectare site was set to become the largest museum in the world. Inviting the public to explore some of the finest achievements from Kuwaiti, Islamic and Arab history – as well as the scientific and cultural feats of many other countries worldwide – the diverse heritage centre promised to celebrate new and old in its first-class space. It was perhaps no surprise that the world’s greatest museum talent was hand-selected to deliver this prestigious $1bn project.
Approximately sixty specialist suppliers from four different continents were reportedly involved in this vast scheme, including local construction firm Alghanim International who led on the building works; museum fit-out professionals Beck; London-headquartered designers Cultural Innovations; Design Project Management; and the internationally-renowned creative display experts from UK-headquartered Leach. The much talked about Cultural Centre would comprise 22 very different galleries across a 22,000m² exhibition – and Leach was the only company appointed to work across all 22.