The Design Concept:
The “Pearl and Shell” signifies Kuwait’s history and economy.The shell concept is intended to shield its precious occupant from the harsh environment. The design expression resulted in facades with hard vertical fins implanted along the sun path whilst the northern façade (naturally shielded) is designed to flow in freeform offering ample panoramic views of the coast lines.
Energy saving, self sustained, reduce CO2 emission and a green building with cutting edge technologies.The modern and symmetrical form is proposed as a significant addition to the city skylines in Kuwait, a new headquarters which will be a welcoming forum for financial activities.
The anticipated height of the tower is 300 meters and the total area is about 120,000 m2. Cutting-edge technology and innovation are embedded in every detail.
Incoming fresh and return air is cooled down via its passage through a 7000m3 ice room prior to feeding the chillers.Under-floor air conditioning system reduces cooling demand.Grey water is collected and recycled.
The inner environment is shielded by the external fins from direct sun reducing overall heat gain.Electricity is provided via 11,000v main through segmented transformer rooms where it is stepped down for distributions at various sections in the tower. This improves efficiency and reduces voltage drop.
Having independently operating twin cabs in each shaft reducing the need for space (total of 33 lifts). Controls are via Destination Control System to further improve efficiency and electrical consumption.
The Project Data:
- Plot Area (m²): 6,000 – Built-Up Area (m²): 126,000
- Building Height: 300 m
- Basement Areas (m²): 18,000 – No. of Floors: 3
- Tower Areas (m²): 100,000 – No. of Floors: 56
- Bank Branch Areas (m²): 75,000 – No. of Floors: 4
- Museum Areas (m²): 150 – No. of Floors: 2
- Estimated Cost : 10 Million KD
- Status : Under Constrution
- Completion : Expetced 2013
|Owner Representative||Shaab national Real Estate Company||www.nbktower.com|
|International Design Consultant||Foster+Partners||www.fosterandpartners.com|
|International Design Consultant||Buro happold||www.burohappold.com|
|Tower Local Consultant||SSH||www.sshic.com|
|Car Park building Consultant||KEO||www.keoic.com|
|Enabling works Contractor||Edrasis||www.edrasis.gr|
|Car Park Construction Contractor||NASA||www.nasaconstruction.net|
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