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Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.

Prince Naif Centre for Health Science Research in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia by Henning Larsen Architects

 
December 15th, 2011 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Henning Larsen Architects
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The Prince Naif Centre for Health Science Research is a new building designed for the largest university in Saudi Arabia, King Saud University, situated in the capital of Riyadh. The new Centre of 23,800 m2 comprises world-class research facilities, including facilities for research in cancer, molecular biology, genetics, infectious diseases and several other medical disciplines.

Night View

  • Architect: Henning Larsen Architects
  • Name of Project: Prince Naif Centre for Health Science Research
  • Location: Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
  • Client: King Saud University
  • Gross floor area: 23,800 m2
  • Year of construction: 2011 – 2012
  • Type of assignment: Commission
  • Collaboration: NNE Pharmaplan (labs, MEP), Buro Happold (structure, civil engineering, geotechnical engineering, acoustics, fire, security, sustainability, waste management), Geoffrey Barnett Associates (quantity surveyors)

Inspired by a monolith, the building is placed on a podium, which roots the building in the urban, local context. The central Science Square is the heart of the building and features common functions such as lobby, café, library and lecture hall. Visual and physical contact connects the laboratories to the workstations on the open balconies. Thus, the design supports informal meetings and innovation across research areas.

 

Interior View

The significant architectural cut of the northern facade marks the main entrance to the building and provides a view of the life in the Science Square. The remaining facades have a modern, sophisticated structure, which filters the strong daylight and reduces the need for cooling. The interplay between light and shadow provided by the facade contributes to creating a cool, light and vibrant atmosphere in the building.

 

Interior View

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