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KIA Headquarters

"Innovatively Designed and Iconic Architectural Landmark development incorporating advanced Structural Systems"

ACI-Kuwait Chapter presents the Award of Excellence to a project in recognition of , amongst other aspects, outstanding design using concrete, innovative architectural and structural design landmarks, and high standards of construction.

The Award of Excellence for 2015 was presented to "Kuwait Investment Authority" for their new "KIA Headquarters", which was honoured for being an innovatively designed and iconic architectural landmark development incorporating advanced structural systems.


KIA Vision and Mission

Kuwait Investment Authority was established in early 1953 to manage funds of the Government of Kuwait. It is the world's oldest sovereign wealth fund and manages Kuwait's General Reserve Fund; Kuwait Future Generations Fund and various other assets committed to it by the Ministry of Finance. KIA wanted their new headquarters to epitomise it's strength, stability and dynamism that characterises the effectiveness with which it has performed over the past 65 years.

As such, their new building had to reflect the Authority's image as a modern-forward looking and efficient organisation. The building had to be flexible, environmentally sustainable and serviceable, with a pleasant and safe working environment.

Design Inspiration

Following an international design competition, KEO International Consultants were commissioned to undertake the design, engineering and construction supervision services.

Construction and Technical Features

Construction of the building commenced in March, 2013. Structural work was completed in June 2015, and final completion is scheduled for June, 2016.


The dynamic facade of the tower changes depending on the orientation and level; and to achieve the open space effects on the elevations, vierendeel framing with 16.0m spans was used. The iconic dhow shape, at the west end of the podium, was structurally formed by introducing four cantilever shear walls spanning 20--27m, as well as deep beams. The foundation system comprises large diameter reinforced concrete piles, varying in depth between 28-40m.

Gravity loads on the tower are carried by four internal columns, as well as the peripheral tubular structure. The internal atria in the tower are at different levels; and wind tunnel testing was carried out to optimise its structural design.

  Site Area:   11,000 m2
  Building Area:   140,000 m2
  Floors:   • Tower of 47 storeys
  • 45 office floors
  • 2 mechanical floors
  • 48 m x 48 m tower perimeter
  Basements:   4 levels
  Features:   • Parking for 600 cars
  • 5 Office Courtyard Atria
  • Multifunction Conference Hall (600 persons)
  • Exhibition Hall
  • Public Amenities and Retail Outlets
  • Landscaping

The Award was presented to:
  • Developer
  • Kuwait Investment Authority
Certificates and plaques were presented to:
  • General Contractor
  • First United General Trading and Contracting Company, Kuwait

  • Design and Supervision Consultant
  • KEO International Consultants, Kuwait

  • Main Concrete Supplier
  • Bubiyan Ready Mix, Kuwait


ACI - Kuwait Chapter Award of Excellence 2015-2016
ACI - Kuwait Chapter Award of Achievement 2015-2016

ACI Kuwait Chapter