Central Bank of Kuwait

Building a national symbol of a country’s significant economic power and contribution to the Middle East

Completed in early 2017, the Central Bank of Kuwait is a new prominent force in the Kuwait skyline. Pace were commissioned to provide the structural and MEP design for the facility as well as supervise the large-scale construction project.

The bank is characterised by a triangular, truncated pyramid tower that is intersected by a podium containing reception and banking halls, conference facilities, dining and banquet rooms, and a museum. The two stone walls of the southern, city-facing tower reduce energy consumption by functioning as a heat sink to absorb the harsh Kuwaiti sun during the day and use the stored heat to keep away the cold at night. An all-glass northern elevation protects the interior from solar gain while providing panoramic views across the Arabian Gulf. At night, the top of the building will glow like a beacon across the night sky.

Client: Central Bank of Kuwait

Area: 140,000 m² on 25,872 m² site

Completion: Expected 2014

Components: Reception, Banking Hall, Offices, Conference facilities, Dining & Banquet Rooms, Museum, Auditorium, Car Parking

Associates: HOK International

Contractor: China State Construction Engineering Corporation