BIG IDEA
Kuwait + Tokyo = Portland? Local firm Architecture W entered an invitation-only competition to design a new Kuwaiti embassy in Tokyo with a tawny cube that evokes historical desert fortresses. “We played off Tokyo’s urban chaos,” says Architecture W’s Brian White. “But the closer you get, the more complexity you see.” The Kuwaitis have not yet picked a winner. White says he’s heard that in monarchies, decisions take time.