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Al Hamra Tower, Kuwait

Al Hamra Tower, Kuwait City, Kuwait - Already during the construction phase, the Al Hamra Tower stood out through its timeless elegance which was achieved by turning the external facade by 130 degrees.
Al Hamra Tower, Kuwait City, Kuwait - Construction of the wing walls with their twisted surface areas was carried out with great precision using PERI SKS/VARIO climbing formwork units.
Al Hamra Tower, Kuwait City, Kuwait - The 412 m high Al Hamra Tower was the new landmark on the Persian Gulf. With help of PERI work solution, a very distinctive structure was created with an extremely unusual form.
Al Hamra Tower, Kuwait City, Kuwait - The customised combination of different PERI climbing formwork systems allowed the construction of the varying storeys to be carried out in regular eight-day cycles.
Al Hamra Tower, Kuwait City, Kuwait - The vertical core wall on the southern side exhibited numerous differently-positioned and diagonally set window openings which could be climbed over with the PERI ACS system without any problems.
Al Hamra Tower, Kuwait City, Kuwait - On the external facades, the RCS climbing protection panel provided the required protection for the construction of floor slabs as well as the edge beams.
Al Hamra Tower, Kuwait City, Kuwait - The Al Hamra Tower is situated on the eastern lifeline of Kuwait City, near the characteristic water towers.

Project data

Location: Kuwait City, Kuwait

Office skyscraper with spiral building design

Overall height: 412 m
Stages: 80
Construction Period: 2005-2011

Architect: SOM, Skidmore, Owings and Merrill LLP


  • continually changing geometry due to rotation of the outer façade by 130°
  • standard floor heights of  4,20 m and intermediate floors of up to 11 m in height
  • wing walls with twisted surfaces and forward and reverse inclinations of up to 10°


Ahmadiah Contracting & Trading Co., Kuwait

Customer's benefit

  • regular 8-day cycle
  • standard and intermediate floors without laborious modification work
  • easy operation and safe working conditions
  • working also in strong winds with reduced crane usage
Al Hamra Tower - Project Manager Hani Abu-Haidar
Hani Abu-Haidar
Project Manager

The PERI systems were easily adapted to suit the constantly changing geometry of the Al Hamra Towers. The SCS and ACS climbing systems were easy to handle and featured high safety standards.  In addition, the RCS Climbing Protection Panel provided safe working conditions. With SKYDECK, the slabs could easily be formed by hand even during strong winds which reduced crane requirements. Altogether, the PERI systems made it possible to have an 8-day cycle and have greatly contributed to the success of the Al Hamra project.

PERI solution

  • bespoke combination of different climbing formwork systems with maximum adaptation to the continually changing geometry.
  • vertical core walls with the ACS self-climbing technology and TRIO panel formwork
  • core outer and wing walls with SKS and VARIO GT 24 with crane spreader beam from system parts