Al Tijaria Tower

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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 #137 Tallest in Middle East
National Ranking #8 Tallest in Kuwait
City Ranking #8 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
Façade Priedemann Facade Experts
• 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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