Foster + Partners unveils a curving, concrete fin–clad skyscraper in Kuwait City

Foster + Partners has announced the completion of a new supertall office tower that will serve as new headquarters for the National Bank of Kuwait (NBK). Towering 984 feet above Sharq, Kuwait City’s financial district, the spheroid skyscraper serves as the newest impossible-to-miss addition to the petroleum-rich Kuwaiti capital’s ever-evolving skyline. Fellow supertall-qualifying neighbors include SOM’s similarly curvaceous Al Hamra Tower (2011, 1,358 feet) and Fentress Architects’ Arraya Tower (2009, 984 feet).

The NBK Tower sets itself apart through its rounded form and a fully glazed facade clad from top to bottom in a concrete fin superstructure that provide both structural support while helping

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