Abdul Aziz Al Babtain Cultural WAQF

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Height: Architectural 188.8 m / 619 ft
Height: Occupied 166.2 m / 545 ft
Height: To Tip 188.8 m / 619 ft
Floors Above Ground 42
Floors Below Ground 3
# of Elevators 12
Tower GFA 64,000 m² / 688,890 ft²
# of Parking Spaces 150


Official Name Abdul Aziz Al Babtain Cultural WAQF
Other Names Al Waqf Tower, Al Babtain Tower
Structure Type Building
Status Completed
Country Kuwait
City Kuwait City
Street Address & Map Jaber Al-Mubarak Street
Building Function office / retail
Structural Material concrete
Proposed 2004
Construction Start 2005
Completion 2010
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Regional Ranking #210 Tallest in Middle East
National Ranking #10 Tallest in Kuwait
City Ranking #10 Tallest in Kuwait City

Companies Involved

Owner/Developer Abdul Aziz Al Babtain
Design NBBJ; Gulf Consult
Architect of Record Gulf Consult
Structural Engineer
Design Gulf Consult
Peer Review BuroHappold Engineering
MEP Engineer
Design Gulf Consult
Peer Review BuroHappold Engineering
Project Manager Al Mada
Main Contractor M.A. Kharafi and Sons Construction Company
Other Consultant
• Wind BMT Fluid Mechanics Ltd.

About Abdul Aziz Al Babtain Cultural WAQF

The design concept began with the idea of the palm tree—a symbol of Kuwaiti heritage, charity, and hospitality. The form of the tower is inspired by the curved, tapered shape of palm leaves, and reinforces Kuwait’s reputation as a leading oil producing nation in the Middle East. The building appears to be enclosed by layers of glass that gently curve upward from the base and then peel away at the top to reveal the rectangular core.

Core functions such as elevators, stairs, shafts, and service areas are located on the south and west sides of the building. The northern and eastern faces of the building, which have exceptional views out to the Gulf, are clad in glass allowing daylight to enter the office spaces. The façade is composed of a unitized curtain wall system with high-performance insulated glass. Horizontal fins on the south, southeast, and west sides act as shading devices and photovoltaic cells on the west façade provide power for night lighting which was incorporated into the mullions in the form of LEDs.

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