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Work Has Begun on Kuwait Tower

15 June 2021 | Kuwait City, Kuwait
The Capital Markets Authority Headquarters in Kuwait City will reach 46 stories. Image credit: Brick Visual
The Capital Markets Authority Headquarters in Kuwait City will reach 46 stories. Image credit: Brick Visual

Work has started on the new 46-story Capital Markets Authority Headquarters building in Kuwait City. 

The 240-meter project by Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates in collaboration with KEO International Consultants takes the shape of a tapering octagon. Emerging from the irregular shape of the site, at the base the façade pulls away from the edge of the building in a twisting, tent-like configuration.

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The headquarters includes offices for an average of 1,000 employees, with amenities including automated parking, cafeteria, prayer rooms, and private VIP entrance. In response to the changing nature of the workplace, amenities encourage social interaction and provide different working environments. Atria on the north of the building connect multiple floors, allow visual and physical connections across departments. 

The entrance lobby features a sculptural auditorium, mirrored at the pinnacle of the tower with the curved form of the main VIP hall, meeting hall and diwaniya. 

Externally, the highly articulated façade’s three-dimensional fins allow high levels of internal daylight while minimizing solar gain and sand accumulation. Following passive design principles, the south façade has the least transparency, whilst the north becomes more transparent, opening the interior towards views of the harbor and the sea. The responsive façade skin, combined with the position of the offset core on the southern edge of the tower, reduces the potential for glare and solar gain. 

The building is targeting LEED v4.0 Silver. Building on passive design principles, sustainable building systems include low energy consumption light fixtures and advanced energy and water metering. 

The fully automated car parking system for 800 vehicles utilizes 14 electric platforms to transfer cars entering the project to eight underground levels. 

For more on this story, go to Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates.