Dammam, Saudi Arabia
Serving as the new headquarters for the prominent Al Abdulkarim Holding (AKH) company in Dammam, the AKH Tower sets out to impress and inspire. Its striking design complements its soaring height – making it a compelling sight by day or night, and a memorable landmark for all to navigate by.
The tower offers prime offices with unrestricted views of the city. Most of the office space is reserved for AKH's own use, but several floors are available for tenant companies. Ample car parking is available in the basement and across seven levels of the podium.
An interesting design aspect is the way that angled lines run across the building. These embrace the podium and then continue upwards towards the tower – cleverly taking the form of ramps and other vertical circulation elements. This distinctive approach allows the podium to be more than just an architectural component – but rather an integral part of the tower's intricate design and character.
The AKH Tower is designed as an intelligent building. It is equipped with state-of-the-art technologies that include superior telecommunications, closed-circuit TV (CCTV), access control, energy conservation and computerised building management (BMS). It also hosts a sophisticated data centre and an advanced audio-visual system for the conference rooms. The tower also has its own backup standby electricity generator and a built-in uninterruptible power supply (UPS).