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Central Bank of Kuwait Building
CBK Tower – landmark skyscraper design by HOK with Pace, Architects
19 Apr 2017
Central Bank of Kuwait Building – CBK Tower
Central Bank of Kuwait Building News
Location: Kuwait City
Dates built: 2005-17
Design: HOK (London) with Pace (Kuwait)
Height: 240m tall
Floors: 41 storeys
The Central Bank of Kuwait building has become a new landmark on Kuwait City’s skyline, acting as a symbol of the country’s significant economic power and contribution to the region.
The triangular, truncated pyramid tower is intersected by a podium that contains reception and banking halls, conference facilities, dining and banquet rooms, and a museum.
The two stone walls of the southern, city-facing tower reduce energy consumption by functioning as a heat sink to absorb the harsh Kuwaiti sun during the day and use the stored heat to keep away the cold at night. An all-glass northern elevation protects the interior from solar gain while providing panoramic views across the Arabian Gulf. At night, the top of the building will glow like a beacon and add a significant presence to the Kuwait skyline.
Client: Central Bank of Kuwait
Area: 140,000 m² on 25,872 m² site
Components: Reception, Banking Hall, Offices, Conference facilities, Dining & Banquet Rooms, Museum, Auditorium, Car Parking
Associates: HOK International
Contractor: China State Construction Engineering Corporation
Quantity Surveyors: Davis Langdon Schumann Smith (London and the Gulf)
Electrical and mechanical services: Roberts and Partners
Civil and structural engineering: Hyder
Security and counter-terrorism: TPS Consult
Fire engineering consultants: Jeremy Gardner Associates
Consulting engineer for the core and shell fit-out: Hilson Moran Partnership
The triangular-shaped tower is topped with a glass pyramid. The building will contain 140,000m² of floor space and will give the Central Bank of Kuwait sufficient new space to expand their operations.
The area will include 75,000m² of office space and a 65,000m² multistorey car parking facility. It is being built on a 26,000m² site. Another 595m² building is being added to meet the Kuwaiti National Guard requirements.
Founded in 1968 and commencing operations in April 1969, the Central Bank of Kuwait (CBK), replacing the Kuwait Monetary Council, has witnessed substantial growth and development during the last few years, forcing the company to expand from its existing building near the old harbour to a new headquarters on a site in Gulf Road, near the Kuwait State Mosque (one of the largest in the world) in the commercial and financial district of Kuwait City. The construction is costing an estimated KD160m ($579m).
The third bid phase involving design, furnishings, audiovisual requirements and signage of the VIP floors was completed by HOK and PACE.
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