Kuwait School

Architecture as a sign of peace

The school, developed by MCA in partnership with UNRWA (The United Nations Relief and Work for Palestine Refugees in the Near East) with the financial support of the Kuwait Fund for Arab Economic Development, through the Islamic Development Bank, will be built in Khan Younis, in the Gaza Strip. This is a pilot project that aims to develop an off-grid building relying on only locally available and renewable resources. The project promotes the use of affordable and locally sourced materials and simple construction systems, minimizing the use of advanced and expensive technologies. 


energy performance

-100% HVAC CO2

0 kg CO2 / mq y

0 oil, 0 CO2, -60% water demand

heating 7 kWht / mq y

cooling 0 kWhf / mq y

Location: Occupied Palestinian Territories, Gaza Strip, Khan Younis

Year: 2010 – current project           

Partnership: UNRWA (United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East) & Building Green Futures


Build up area: 4 263 sqm

Budget: $ 630 / mq; $ 2’200’00

Project: Mario Cucinella Architects

Team: Mario Cucinella,  Giulia Pentella (architect in charge), Rigoberto Arambula, Luca Bertacchi (photographer), Fabrizio Bonatti (3D model), Alberto Bruno, Marco Dell’Agli, Hyun Seok  Kim, Monica Luppi, Michele Olivieri, Giuseppe Perrone, Luca Sandri, Luca Stramigioli; Yuri Costantini (model maker)

UNRWA technical staff of Gaza and Amman   


Environmental design Consultant: prof. Brian Ford, Natural Cooling; b&a associati architetture sostenibili

Structural design: Milan Ingegneria srl

Electromechanical design: Manens-Tifs s.p.a.

Water harvesting system design: ARTECambiente srl 

Capacity Building M&E: Building Green Futures; Marna design - Arch. Rashid Abdelhamid


Photographer: Moreno Maggi

3D Renderings: Cristian Chierici - CC79




Premio Pilosio 2012



Design Library, Fuori Salone 2012, Milano

Prototyping Architecture Exhibition 2012-2013, Nottingham & London

The Oslo Architecture Triennale 2013, Oslo