NBK New Headquarters Building… New Icon is appearing on Kuwait Skyline.

 NBK Headquarters


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.


The Sustainabiliy:

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.


The Technology:

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
Developer  NBK  www.nbk.com
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
Project Manager      Projacs  www.projacs.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


For latest site pictures please click here: NBK HQs



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