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Height: Occupied
158.2 m / 519 ft
Height: To Tip
218.2 m / 716 ft
Height: Architectural
218.2 m / 716 ft
Al Tijaria Tower Outline
Floors Above Ground
Floors Below Ground
# of Elevators
Tower GFA
60,386 m² / 649,989 ft²
# of Parking Spaces


Official Name Al Tijaria Tower
Other Names Kuwait Trade Center, Al Sour Garden Tower
Structure Type Building
Status Completed
Country Kuwait
City Kuwait City
Street Address & Map Plot No. 11, Block 7, Al Mutanabi Street
Building Function office
Structural Material composite
  • Core: Reinforced Concrete
  • Columns: Concrete Encased Steel
  • Floor Spanning: Steel
Construction Start 2005
Completion 2009
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Regional Ranking #121 Tallest in Middle East
National Ranking #7 Tallest in Kuwait
City Ranking #7 Tallest in Kuwait City

Companies Involved

Owner/Developer Commercial Real Estate Company
Design Al Jazera Consultants; NORR Group Consultants International Limited
Architect of Record NORR Limited
Structural Engineer
Design Al Jazera Consultants
MEP Engineer
Design Al Jazera Consultants
Main Contractor SHBC Contracting Company
Other Consultant
• Wind BMT Fluid Mechanics Ltd.
Material Supplier
• Cladding Schüco

About Al Tijaria Tower

The form of Al Tijaria Tower (also known as the Kuwait Trade Center) is inspired by a spiral or helix. The body of the tower “twists” by 80 degrees as it climbs from the ground level to the top-most occupied floor. The tower plate is organized with a circular-shaped core located in the center of the floor. A concentric ring of structural columns allows for variation in slab edge location while keeping columns vertically aligned from floor to floor. This slab edge adjustment creates a twisted exterior massing for the tower. The tower features internal, vertically stacked, six-story-high atrium gardens rising through the height of the tower. The stacked atrium gardens spin around the center of the plate, creating a dynamic twisted space rising through the tower.

The exterior cladding design of the tower is a smooth aluminum and glass unitized curtain wall system. Materials include insulated blue-tinted vision and spandrel glass with selected use of silver aluminum panels. Glazing the atrium is insulated “clear” low-E glass (with custom ceramic frit pattern to control solar heat gain) supported by a stainless steel point-fixation system. Contrasting the tower, the podium is clad in a combination of natural stone and pre-cast concrete.

The Tower is composed of a five-story podium shopping mall, with an open-to-sky garden terrace on the podium roof, and an office tower rising above. The structural system of the shopping mall is a waffle slab with columns located on a 9m x 9m (29.5ft x 29.5ft) grid. Office floors are reinforced concrete slabs supported on structural steel beams. The floor plates rotate 2.0 degrees clockwise as they rise. Horizontal stability was provided using a number of strong core walls together with a 21m (69ft) diameter core wall in the tower area. The twelve equally-spaced tower columns are reinforced concrete, or composite with steel built up sections.

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