SSH delivers 127,000m2 NBK headquarters tower in Kuwait

The National Bank of Kuwait’s (NBK) headquarters building in the growing financial district at the heart of Kuwait City is now nearing completion and occupation.

The 300m-tall tower covers a total floor area of 127,000m2 and touts a distinctive presence among other high-rise buildings in Sharq, adding to the city’s skyline.

SSH acted as lead consultant for construction supervision, in association with Foster + Partners and BuroHappold.

The tower design concept originated from a pearl shell, an object highly symbolic in Kuwait’s history and heritage, culture, and economy.

The main construction comprises composite concrete and steel, while the cladding on the fins and glass façades is predominantly glass reinforced concrete.

The tower has been built with an intentional lean to compensate for its designed offset centre of gravity. 

Commenting on the construction milestone, the senior resident engineer at SSH, Kuwait, Mohammad Iqbal, said: “We are extremely proud to have completed and delivered this project to our established client – not only because the end result is of such high quality, but also because it reflects SSH’s professionalism, expertise, and commitment toward client gratification.”

Based on its energy-saving and environment preservation designs, NBK Tower is a new landmark green building built in line with LEED Gold requirements, making it one of the first with such high certification in Kuwait and the region.


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