Jørn Utzon Logbook Vol. IV:
Kuwait National Assembly – prefab

Editorial board: Jørn Utzon (editor in chief) assistant editors
Richard Weston, professor at School of Architecture, Cardiff, University of Wales and the editor.
Released: 2008
Features: 264 pages, full color, hardcover
Format: 30 x 26 cm
Language: English
ISBN: 87-91567-21-1

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    At the precast factory for the manufacturing of the column segment elements, tilting up side down of a tie connection element and at the job site.

    ©/ courtesy Pierre Gruchy

  • Video

    At the precast factory for the manufacturing of the column segment elements.

    © courtesy Pierre Gruchy


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Release 9th april 2008
Completed in 1982, the Kuwait National Assembly remains one of the outstanding modern buildings completed in the Middle East by a European architect. A tour de force of precast concrete construction, Jørn Utzon’s design also represents the culmination of themes that had preoccupied him throughout his work, notably ways of combining ideas derived from traditional cultures with the ‘additive’ principles of cellular growth found in nature. This beautifully produced book, the latest addition to Edition Bløndal’s acclaimed ‘Utzon Logbook’ series, was developed in close collaboration with Utzon and presents an exceptionally comprehensive account of the Kuwait project through photographs, original drawings and the recollections of key contributors – Utzon’s staff, consulting engineers and contractor, and an extended interview with Utzon himself.