Central Bank of Kuwait

Kuwait City 2003

IES Consulting performed a glare analysis on the Central Bank of Kuwait new headquarters.

Key Facts

  • Glare Analysis
  • 40 Storeys
  • 85,000 sq m

The assessment focused on the anticipated performance of specialised translucent façade materials. 

The triangular, truncated pyramid tower is intersected by a podium that contains 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.