Dr. Martin Lupton/UK

The Avenues, Kuwait: lighting a retail city

Presentation date: 24. October
Presentation time: 17:45

The Avenues Mall is the largest shopping mall in Kuwait and the second largest mall in the Middle East. The mall opened in April 2007, under the patronage of the Amir of Kuwait, Sheikh Sabah Al Ahmed Al Sabah and has been expanding phase by phase over the last 12 years.  Gensler, the architects for the project, had a vision for the Avenues that was inspired by the great cities of the world. The Mall is therefore designed as a cityscape, with a network of streets and plazas. The master plan detailed a mall with different districts, each with a distinct style. The lighting design followed suit and supported the various styles but also contained individuality for specific areas and features.

Introduced by

Dr. Martin Lupton/UK, Light Collective

Martin is half of Light Collective, which in conjunction with Sharon Stammers, has a creative portfolio of work that houses more than architectural lighting design and has grown to encompass many innovative projects which include light art installations, marketing projects, competitions, curated exhibitions, lighting awards, branding, trade stands and shows, epic parties, pop up events, guerrilla lighting, community projects, lighting education and light activism.

Clients have ranged from the small to large scale: from designing for a school in Glasgow to a shopping mall in Kuwait, from lighting an exhibition at the Museum of London to hosting a seven colour dinner for Xicato…

Light Collective are based in the UK but have worked all over the world, creating light in the snow in Finland or in the heat of Kenya…

Light Collective also has a passion for documenting light and you can find their films on YouTube at Light Collective TV.