Central Bank of Kuwait Headquarters
"A sophisticated architectural icon, combining advanced engineering systems and aesthetic elegance"
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 recognizes significant and deserving projects that are, amongst other considerations, outstanding examples of concrete construction practices; architecturally and structurally innovative; iconic landmarks; executed to high
standards of construction and creative use of concrete; and generally appreciated by the public as buildings of merit.
ACI-KC’s Award of Excellence for 2016 was presented to the Central Bank of Kuwait for their new headquarters. The CBK Headquarters building was honoured as a sophisticated architectural icon that combines advanced engineering systems with aesthetic elegance.
Background and CBK Objectives
The Central Bank of Kuwait was established in 1968, when by virtue of Law no. 32, it replaced the original Kuwait Currency Board that had been set-up in 1960. The new bank commenced operations on 1st April, 1969, and since then, and as would be expected, its operations have considerably increased. This resulted in the need for this important government body to build their new headquarters.
They were obviously undertaking an important venture, and, when commissioning their new headquarters building, CBK’s well-considered brief called for an iconic world class building that would also stand out as a new landmark within the city’s skyline. More importantly it had to symbolise Kuwait’s significant economic power and contribution to the Gulf Region and beyond.
An international architectural competition led to the appointment of HOK International Ltd., and Kuwait’s PACE as the design, engineering and construction supervision consultants.
Their conception for the building drew inspiration from the geometry of pyramids, characteristics of traditional Kuwaiti architecture and historical sailing ships.
Construction and Technical Features
The 20,000 m˛ site for the new headquarters is prominently located along Arabian Gulf Street.
The visual impact of the building’s triangular truncated pyramid and its geometric articulation are enhanced by the fortress like solidity of its south facades, and the contrasting lightness of its northern elevation that overlooks the Arabian Gulf. As the Designers say, while the building embraces innovation, it is wrapped in a permanent protective wall.
The building comprises a large podium and 42-storey tower, a large multi-story car-park, an impressive banking hall, as well as extensive hard and soft landscaping, with a sizeable reflective pool.
There are various entrances and exits, and the premises accommodates 1300 cars. The tower, which is characterized by the building’s distinct appearance, is accentuated on its north face by the 320 seat Auditorium that cantilevers 26 m out from it.
A combination vertical structural support system, comprised of concrete and steel members, helps achieve column free interior spaces for offices, meeting rooms and open-plan work stations.
The external glazed façade rests on the inner side of an inclined dia-grid steel tube system in which high strength K800 concrete mix was poured to achieve the required composite section capacity. The tower comprises one vertical main core, and two sloped cores.
The Award was presented to:
| Parking: || 1300 cars|
| Height || 240 m|
| Offices : || 39 floors|
| Auditorium : || 320 seats|
CBK Banking Museum
Enhanced Security Systems
Certificates and plaques were presented to:
Central Bank of Kuwait
- General Contractor
China State Construction Engineering Corporation
Mohamed Abdul Mohsen Al-Kharafiand Sons Company
- Design and Supervision Consultant
HOK International Consultants
- Main Concrete Supplier
Kuwait British Ready-mix