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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.

King Abdullah Petroleum Studies and Research Center in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia by Zaha Hadid Architects

 
February 21st, 2012 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Zaha Hadid Architects
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Our architectural vision for a center focused on technical and environmental concerns endeavors to create an organic form – a structure capable of continual expansion and transformation – rising as a cellular structure of crystalline forms from the desert landscape – a strong protective outer shell concealing soft, porous sheltered courtyards within.

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  • Architect: Zaha Hadid Architects
  • Name of Project: King Abdullah Petroleum Studies and Research Center
  • Location: Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
  • Period: 2009 – 2012
  • Client: ARAMCO
  • Status: Under Construction

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  • Site Area: 530,000 m2
  • Footprint Area: 28,500 m2
  • Design: Zaha Hadid with Patrik Schumacher
  • Project Director: Lars Teichmann, Charles Walker
  • Design Director: DaeWha Kang
  • Engineering: Arup
  • Interior: Woods Bagot
  • Landscaping: Gross.Max
  • Lighting: Office for Visual Interaction
  • Catering and Kitchen: Eastern Quay and GWP
  • Branding and Signage: Elmwood and Bright 3D
  • Library Consulting: Tribal
  • Cost / Design Project Management: Davis Langdon, Bernard Duffy
  • Project Leaders: Fabian Hecker (Research Center), Michael Powers (Conference Center), Brian Dale / Henning Hansen (Library), Fulvio Wirz (Musalla / IT Center), Elizabeth Bishop (Facades / 2d Documentation), Saleem A. Jalil / Maria Rodero (Master Plan), Lisamarie Ambia / Judith Wahle (Interiors), Bozana Komljenovic (2d Documentation), John Randle (Specifications), John Szlachta (3d Documentation Coordinator), Sophie Davison (Design Project Management)
  • Project Team: Adrian Krezlik; Alejandro Diaz; Alexander Palacio; Amit Gupta; Andres Madrid; Annarita Papeschi; Ayca Vural Cutts; Britta Knobel; Camiel Weijenberg; Carine Posner; Claire Cahill; Craig Kiner; DaChun Lin; Daniel Fiser; David Seeland; Deniz Manisali; Elizabeth Keenan; Evan Erlebacher; Garin O’Aivazian; Giorgio Radojkovic; Inês Fontoura; Hee Seung Lee; Jeremy Tymms; Julian Jones; Jwalant Mahadevwala; Lauren Barclay; Lauren Mishkind; Malgorzata Kowalczyk; Mariagrazia Lanza; Melike Altinisik, Michael Grau, Michael McNamara, Michal Wojtkiewicz, Mimi Halova, Mohammed Reshdan, Monika Bilska, Muriel Boselli, MyungHo Lee, Nahed Jawad, Natacha Viveiros, Navvab Taylor, Pedro Sanchez, Prashanth Sridharan, Roxana Rakhshani, Saahil Parikh, Sara Criscenti, Sara Saleh, Shaju Nanukuttan, Shaun Farrell, Sophie Le Bienvenu, Stefan Brabetz, Steve Rea, Talenia Phua Gajardo, Yu Du
  • Competition Team: Lisamarie Ambia, Monika Bilska, Martin Krcha, Maren Klasing, Kelly Lee, Hannes Schafelner, Judith Schafelner, Ebru Simsek, Judith Wahle, Hee Seung Lee, Clara Martins, Anat Stern, Daniel Fiser, Thomas Sonder, Kristina Simkeviciute, Talenia Phua Gajardo, Erhan Patat, Dawna Houchin, Jwalant Mahadevwala

 

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Our architectural vision and design for the King Abdullah Petroleum Studies and Research Center (KAPSARC) acknowledges its technical and environmental objectives, but simultaneously endeavors to move beyond functional limitations to create a living, organic structure.

The center is inherently forward-looking; its architecture also looks to the future, embracing a formal language capable of continual expansions or transformation with no compromise in visual integrity.

 

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The center emerges from the desert landscape as a cellular structure of crystalline forms, shifting and evolving in response to environmental conditions and functional requirements. Consistent organizational, spatial strategies drive an adaptive approach, with each component, each individual building, fitted to the purpose it serves.

 

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Protective from without, porous within, the structure’s strong, hard shell conceals a softer environment – sheltered courtyards, bringing natural daylight into all spaces; buffer zones creating smooth transitions from a hot, glaring exterior to a cool, filtered interior.

 

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