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A New Landmark on Kuwait City’s Skyline

Central Bank of Kuwait Headquarters
Kuwait City, Kuwait

The Central Bank of Kuwait’s new headquarters building is a symbol of the country’s significant economic power in the 21st century.

Located in the Sharq commercial and financial district, it is a new landmark on Kuwait City’s skyline. The design creates a modern, comfortable work environment for bank staff.

The office building is formed by a triangular, truncated pyramid tower intersected by a podium that houses reception and banking halls, conference facilities, dining and banquet rooms, and a museum.

The geometric forms echo the geometry and order of Kuwaiti architecture. The two walls facing the sun are predominantly stone, while the northern elevation is glass. Viewed from the city, the stone facades block the intense desert sun and reflect the solidity and permanence of the Central Bank. Horizontal slots with recessed window openings minimize solar gain. At night, the all-glass viewing platform at the top of the building glows like a lighthouse. In contrast to the stone facades, the transparent north elevation looks out across the Gulf, expressing Kuwait’s historic openness to commerce and trade. Panoramic views of the Gulf provide a constant reminder of the sea’s important role in the region.

Visitors enter the building through an expansive lobby. The wall opposite the reception desk and adjacent to the escalators features full-height, backlit, onyx pleated panels.

A retail bank branch on the ground floor provides banking services to staff and the community. On the second level, a 240-400-seat conference facility accommodates corporate events and can be subdivided for smaller gatherings. Overlooking the Gulf, a 330-person auditorium is cantilevered beyond the line of the angled eastern elevation. A two-story juice bar at the opposite end offers views west toward the city.

HOK collaborated with Kuwait City-based Pace.

SIZE

914,960 sq. ft. / 85,000 sq. m.
40 stories

SERVICES

Architecture
Master Planning

AWARDS

Council on Tall Buildings & Urban Habitat (CTBUH), Award of Excellence Winner – Best Tall Building 200-299m + Interior Space Award 

MEED Quality Awards for Projects – Best Building Project of the Year