Gulf Bank Headquarters

The Gulf Bank Headquarters was built between 1969 and 1974. This article states that, “Gulf Bank’s iconic building stands out on the Kuwaiti architectural landscape due to its outer facade. The design was inspired by the sea, using ‘accropode’ type structures which are designed to resist the actions of waves.” Below you can also see an image of accropodes along the beach outside Seif Palace today. “The Bank’s outer facade provides a solution to the country’s harsh climate conditions by providing shading from sun exposure and heat, in addition to being uniquely inspired by marine elements used by protection of break waters.” As the Danish explorer Barclay Raunkiær said in 1913, “Kuwait is emphatically a town of the desert and the sea” which the architecture of this building beautifully references.

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