Al Hamra Tower

Al Hamra Tower

Architect
Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP

Al Jazera Consultants
Location
Kuwait City,, Kuwait
Project Year
2011
Category
Offices
Nick Merrick © Hedrich Blessing
Product Spec Sheet

ElementBrandProduct link
ManufacturersVerosolOriginals Metallised fabrics Verosol
FurnitureB&B Italia
Wind TunnelBMT Fluid
Facade maintenanceEntek Engineering
HardwareIngersoll Rand
TrafficPersons Brinkethoff

Product Spec Sheet
Furniture
Wind Tunnel
Facade maintenance
Hardware
Traffic

Al Hamra Tower

Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP as Architects

Reaching a height of 412 meters, this iconic, award-winning skyscraper is the tallest building in Kuwait. The sculptural office tower anchors a commercial complex comprising offices, a health club, and a high-end shopping mall. Al Hamra was named one of the best inventions of 2011 by TIME magazine.


A desire to maximize views of the Arabian Gulf while minimizing solar heat gain inspired the building’s asymmetrical form, which calls to mind the traditional robes worn by Kuwaitis. The purity of its form, expressed by a simple operation of removal, makes the tower a timeless, elegant marker in the heart of Kuwait City. A quarter of each floor plate is chiseled out of the south side, shifting from west to east over the height of the building. The result reveals a rich, monolithic stone at the south wall framed by the graceful, twisting “ribbon” walls that gesture toward the sky. The tower welcomes tenants with a soaring 20-meter-tall lobby with a lamella structure that supports the tower above and articulates the space below. This distinctive feature provides continuity from the building to its footing and acts as a strengthening component.


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