National Bank of Kuwait New Headquarters

The new headquarters of the National Bank of Kuwait is a 300-meter-high building and is the first LEED Gold certified tower in Kuwait. Its structure provides a distinctive presence among other high-rise buildings in the financial district in Sharq, Kuwait.

The buildings’ cylindrical design opens like a shell to face the beautiful Arabian Gulf Sea, while the structural fins reduce the greenhouse effect from direct sunlight. The fins inspired by the dhow sailing boat, a reference to the city’s roots in international trade.

The tower’s sixty floors contain offices and three double-height sky lobbies as social facilities for staff. The chairman’s club complements these communal areas with panoramic city views in the dramatic 18-meter-high volume at the tower’s apex.

Completion Year


Electrical Load(MW)

23 MW

Cooling Load(Tons)

3,618 T

Client: National Bank of Kuwait

Consultant: Foster + Partners, BuroHappold Engineering, Dar SSH International Consultants