Al Hamra Tower

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Al Hamra Tower
Burj Alhamra
Alhamra Tower.jpg
Al Hamra Tower in November 2011
Al Hamra Tower is located in Kuwait
Al Hamra Tower
Location within Kuwait
Former names Al Hamra Firduos Tower
Record height
Tallest in Kuwait since 2011[I]
Preceded by Arraya Tower
General information
Status Complete
Type Offices, Shopping mall
Architectural style Sculpted
Address 13085 Jaber Al-Mubarak Street
Town or city Kuwait City
Country Kuwait
Coordinates 29°22′44″N 47°59′36″E / 29.3790°N 47.9932°E / 29.3790; 47.9932Coordinates: 29°22′44″N 47°59′36″E / 29.3790°N 47.9932°E / 29.3790; 47.9932
Elevation 12 m (39 ft)
Construction started 2005
Completed 2011
Inaugurated 2011
Cost $500 million
Owner Al Hamra Real Estate Co.
Architectural 414 m (1,358 ft)
Tip 414 m (1,358 ft)
Roof 368 m (1,207 ft)
Top floor 80
Technical details
Material Concrete
Floor count 80
Lifts/elevators 43
Design and construction
Architect Gary Paul Haney or Callison
Skidmore Owings & Merrill
Structural engineer Skidmore Owings & Merrill
Services engineer BMT Fluid Mechanics Ltd.
Main contractor Ahmadiah Contracting and Trading Company
Awards and prizes 2012 Best Tall Building Middle East & Africa Finalist

The Al Hamra Tower is a skyscraper in Kuwait City, Kuwait. Al Hamra is the tallest building in Kuwait and the 23rd tallest in the world.


Construction of the skyscraper started in 2005.[1] It was completed in 2011.[1] Designed by architectural firms Skidmore, Owings, Merrill and Ramshir and Callison, it is the tallest building in Kuwait, the tallest carved concrete skyscraper in the world, and the twenty-third tallest building in the world at 414 m (1,358 ft).[1] As of January 29, 2018, it became the twenty-eighth tallest building after the Lakhta Center in St. Petersburg Russia, reached the design height.

The building utilizes wrapped glass facades on the east, north, and west both for aesthetics and to reduce the amount of reflective surface area on the south facade, which would be exposed to the most intense solar radiation in a region where temperatures can easily exceed 115 degrees Fahrenheit. the south facade also features brushed Jura limestone. Flared walls reaching from the southwest and southeast corners of the core span the entire height of the tower, and there is a column-free 24-meter-tall lobby[2][3]

The tower was included in the list of the best inventions of 2011 by TIME magazine.[4]


  • 2011: Emporis Skyscraper Award[5]
  • 2010: Cityscape • Commercial / Mixed Use Built[6]
  • 2008: Chicago Athenaeum - American Architecture Award[7]
  • 2008: Chicago Athenaeum - International Architecture Award for best new global design[8]
  • 2008: MIPIM/Architectural Review - MIPIM Future Project Award: Overall[9]
  • 2008: MIPIM/Architectural Review - MIPIM Future Project Award: Tall Buildings[9]
  • 2007: Miami Architectural Bienal - Bronze Unbuilt Project[10]



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