The new Central Bank of Kuwait opened in 2005 in the Sharq area of Kuwait City. The 140,000 sq. m building, with 41 storeys reaching a height of 240 m, is a triangle-shaped tower topped by a glass pyramid. The architecture includes 75,000 sq. m of office areas and a 65,000 sq. m multi-storey car park. Founded in 1968, the CBK has expanded significantly, forcing the business to open a new branch in Gulf Road, near the Mosque, in the financial and commercial district of Kuwait City. The construction, fitted with all the most recent equipment and building techniques, has a unique design overlooking the skyline of a city already known for its magnificent architectures. The two south façades were made using mostly imported stone, employed as a heat sink to absorb the sun during the day and to take advantage of the heat retained in order to prevent the night-time chill. The transparent façade facing north uses standard but solar double glazing, thus offering to the building occupants panoramic views over the Gulf and providing, at the same time, energy for the maintenance of the insides. On top of the construction there is an all-glass viewing platform illuminated internally and externally to act as distinctive lighthouse at night, thus reflecting the nautical and commercial history of Kuwait. The tower is intersected with a dais including reception areas, conference rooms, dining hall, the museum and the financial offices. Most of the marbles and stones employed for the external (south building) and internal cladding was provided by Savema S.p.A., Pietrasanta.

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Titolo CBK Central Bank of Kuwait
Tipologia Architettura
Data 2013
Luogo Kuwait City (Kuwait)
Committente Central Bank of Kuwait
Architetto/Artista/Designer HOK International and Pan Arab Consulting Engineering (studio di architettura)
Tipo materiale Moca Cream, Eastern Cr�me, Crema Miele, Juparana Classico, St. Croix de Perigord, Calacatta, Botticino, Bianco Sardo, Cinzala, Onyx, Jura Beige
General Contractor Project Management and Control (Kuwait) in association with DMJM (USA), China State Construction Engeneering Corporation and Mohammed Abdulmohsin Al Kharafi Sons
Tipologia d’intervento Rivestimenti per interni ed esterni
Prestatore d’opera Savema Spa

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