An Icon of Hospitality

With a commanding presence on the Kuwait City skyline and impressive views of the Gulf, the Abdul Aziz Al-Babtain Cultural Waqf is a symbol of Kuwait’s success and dynamism.

Established by prominent Kuwaiti businessman and poet Abdul Aziz Al-Babtain, the mixed-use office and retail development stands in the center of Kuwait City. Profits from the development contribute to waqf, a form of traditional Muslim trust used to fund social causes.

The design concept of the 42-story tower is inspired by the curved, tapered shape of palm leaves as a symbol of Kuwaiti heritage, charity and hospitality: the practice of sharing the dates from palm trees amongst family, friends and the poor goes back to ancient times, and the palm tree was an important element in early vernacular architecture.

Given the hot climate, sustainability was an essential design component: the office interiors are oriented north and east wherever possible, and the atrium connecting the tower to the retail podium is naturally ventilated.