Kuwaiti tower wins high-rise award

Atkins-designed Al Sharq office complex wins CNBC Arabian Property Award for high-rise architecture.

The 180 metre tower will cover an area of 56
The 180 metre tower will cover an area of 56

The Atkins-designed Al Sharq office complex in Kuwait has won the CNBC Arabian Property Award for high-rise architecture.

Nicholas Bailey, head of concept architecture at Atkins Middle East in Bahrain, said: "Al Sharq is the way forward in terms of defining a new architecture for Kuwait and we are delighted to be recognised in this way for such an exciting and prestigious award.

"Atkins' design work is largely about adding maximum value to clients' projects through the collective cerebral processes of our multi-discipline design team, and it's fantastic to be involved with the project and also with the strong client-consultant partnership that drives innovation," he added.

According to Atkins, the Al Sharq office building quietly pursues a rigorous sustainability agenda. A shallow plan office floor plate with heavily shaded façades reduces the tower's environmental footprint and provides an internal environment flooded with diffused natural light.

The 180-metre tower will cover an area of 56,400 square metres and combines work and leisure, internal and outside spaces.

The award will be presented in October in Dubai.

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