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Height: Occupied
371.4 m / 1,218 ft
 
Height: To Tip
412.6 m / 1,354 ft
Height: Architectural
412.6 m / 1,354 ft
 
Al Hamra Tower Outline
Floors Above Ground
80
Floors Below Ground
3
# of Elevators
43
Top Elevator Speed
10 m/s
Tower GFA
178,061 m² / 1,916,633 ft²
Development GFA
186,381 m² / 2,006,188 ft²
# of Parking Spaces
1,460

Facts

Official Name Al Hamra Tower
Other Names Al Hamra Firdous Tower
Structure Type Building
Status Completed
Country Kuwait
City Kuwait City
Street Address & Map Al Shuhada Street
Building Function office
Structural Material concrete
Proposed 2005
Construction Start 2005
Completion 2011
Official Website Al Hamra Tower
Rankings Click arrows to view the next taller/shorter buildings
Global Ranking #22 Tallest in the World
Regional Ranking #5 Tallest in Middle East
National Ranking #1 Tallest in Kuwait
City Ranking #1 Tallest in Kuwait City

Companies Involved

Owner Al Hamra Real Estate Co.
Developer Ajial Real Estate and Entertainment; Al Hamra Real Estate Co.
Architect
Design Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP
Architect of Record Al Jazera Consultants
Structural Engineer
Design Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP
Peer Review Hyder Consulting; BuroHappold Engineering
MEP Engineer
Design Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP
Peer Review Meinhardt
Project Manager Turner International LLC
Main Contractor Ahmadiah Contracting and Trading Company
Other Consultant
• Acoustics Shen Milsom Wilke, Inc.
Façade ALT Limited
• Façade Maintenance Entek Engineering Ltd.
• Fire Arup
• Geotechnical Consultancy Group Company
• Landscape Francis Landscapes
• Lighting OVI Lighting
• Security Shen Milsom Wilke, Inc.
• Traffic Parsons Brinckerhoff Consultants Private Limited
• Vertical Transportation Van Deusen & Associates
• Wind BMT Fluid Mechanics Ltd.
Material Supplier
• Elevator Hitachi, Ltd.
• Sealants Dow Corning Corporation
• (not specified) Momentive

About Al Hamra Tower

Al Hamra Tower stands as an icon symbolizing Kuwaiti national pride. The form of the building appears to be cut from a prism, a void taken from the center, with each floor plate rotating counter-clockwise around the core. The result is a spiraling geometry that unravels to the top. The void, which shifts from west to east, exposes the solid southern core wall, which is visually distinct from the other glazed and transparent walls wrapping around the rest of the building. Two solid “flared walls” provide the transition between these two conditions, covering the complex geometry of the rotating floor plates.

The southern façade, exposed through the central void, is clad in stone with angled window cuts to respond to the intense solar conditions of the area. The same material treatment is given to the flared walls that cover the curvilinear faces along the edge of the spiral void, only without window openings. The concrete construction of these elements also allows them to act as thermal mass walls, slowing heat gain during the day and releasing stored heat at night. The curved east, north, and west façades are clad in vision glass, providing clear views of the surrounding city and Kuwait Bay while also optimizing the spaces against glare and heat gain.

At the north side of the building is the main lobby, a 24-meter-high space that extends from the building core to the perimeter frame. To increase the area of the lobby, the columns along the exterior slope inwards, forming an intricate lamella structure that is both functional and elegant. At the top of the tower, a 40-meter-high space with a restaurant and observation deck provides far-reaching views of the city. To produce these unobstructed views, a cantilevered steel truss system was employed to support the roof and curtain wall glazing, reducing the necessary columns in the space.

CTBUH Initiatives

Vertical Transportation: Ascent & Acceleration
12 Sep 2017 – CTBUH Research

Top Company Rankings: The World’s 100 Tallest Buildings
13 Oct 2016 – CTBUH Research

Awards Symposium Puts Spotlight on Achievement, Future
19 Oct 2012 – Awards Event Report

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Vertical Transportation: Ascent & Acceleration
12 Sep 2017, Chicago – CTBUH Research
CTBUH partnered with Guinness World Records to identify the commercial building with the fastest elevator speeds and longest vertical runs.
Top Company Rankings: The World’s 100 Tallest Buildings
13 Oct 2016, Chicago – CTBUH Research
The Council is pleased to announce the Top Company Rankings for numerous disciplines as derived from the list of projects appearing in 100 of the World’s Tallest Buildings.
Awards Symposium Puts Spotlight on Achievement, Future
19 Oct 2012, Chicago – Awards Event Report
2012 CTBUH tall building award winners, finalists and lifetime achievement award winners were not attending the annual symposium to talk about record heights and flashy designs.
CTBUH India: High-rise Building Technology
14 Jan 2012, New Delhi – Event Report
CTBUH Chairman Timothy Johnson, of NBBJ, and CTBUH Advisory Group Member Ahmad Abdelrazaq, of Samsung, recently spoke at a CTBUH seminar on building technology.
CTBUH Releases Year in Review: Tall Trends of 2011
Dec 2011 – CTBUH Journal Paper
The annual story is becoming a familiar one: 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, and now 2011 have each sequentially broke the record for the most 200 meter or higher buildings completed in a given year. Once…

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Best Tall Building Featured Finalist: Al Hamra Tower: The Sculpted Tower
18 Oct 2012 – Mark Sarkisian & Aybars Asci, SOM

Interview: Al Hamra Tower
18 Oct 2012 – Mark Sarkisian & Aybars Asci, SOM

Al Hamra Firdous Tower
Oct 2011 – Aybars Asci & Mark Sarkisian, SOM

Research Papers

Tall Buildings in Numbers: The Middle East: 20 Years of Building Skyscrapers
Nov 2013 – CTBUH Journal, 2013 Issue IV

Year in Review: Tall Trends of 2011
Dec 2011 – CTBUH Journal, 2012 Issue I

The Al Hamra Firdous Tower
Oct 2011 – CTBUH 2011 Seoul Conference

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Tall Buildings in Numbers: The Middle East: 20 Years of Building Skyscrapers
Nov 2013 – CTBUH Journal, 2013 Issue IV; CTBUH Research
Twenty years ago, the Middle East contained only one skyscraper over 150 meters in height. It is now estimated that by the end of 2015 the region will have 289 buildings…
Year in Review: Tall Trends of 2011
Dec 2011 – CTBUH Journal, 2012 Issue I; Nathaniel Hollister & Antony Wood, CTBUH
The annual story is becoming a familiar one: 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, and now 2011 have each sequentially broke the record for the most 200 meter or higher buildings…
The Al Hamra Firdous Tower
Oct 2011 – CTBUH 2011 Seoul Conference; Aybars Asci & Mark Sarkisian, SOM
Al Hamra Firdous Tower, rising 412 meters and scheduled for completion in fall 2011, will be the tallest structure in Kuwait. A new landmark, this supertall expresses a…
Sculpted High-rise The Al Hamra Tower
Nov 2007 – Structural Engineers World Congress 2007; Mark Sarkisian, Neville Mathias, Aaron Mazeika & et al, SOM
At 412m tall on completion, the Al Hamra Tower is set to be amongst the tallest buildings in the world. Setting it apart from other super high-rise buildings is its…

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