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King Fahad National Library in Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia by Gerber Architekten

Friday, February 14th, 2014

Article source: Gerber Architekten

The King Fahad National Library, one of the most important cultural buildings in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, was completed and went into use for its intended purpose in November 2013. This project sees Professor Eckhard Gerber and his Gerber Architekten team accomplishing one of the most important urban development and cultural projects in the capital, Riyadh. The design functions as the central driving force behind a piece of urban development and rearrangement, and combines the challenge of designing within the existing building stock with respect for Arabian culture.

Image Courtesy © Christian Richters

  • Architects: Gerber Architekten
  • Project: King Fahad National Library
  • Location: Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
  • Photography: Gerber Architekten, Christian Richters
  • Software used:Archicad and Graphisoft.
  • Client: Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
  • Interior Designer: Gerber Architekten
  • Landscape Architecture: Gerber Architekten in Cooperation with Kienle Planungsgesellschaft.
  • Lightning Design: Gerber Architekten
  • HVACR: DS – Plan (Drees & Sommer Group)
  • Structural Framework: Bollinger & Grohmann Ingenieure
  • In cooperation with: Saudi Consulting Services
  • Main contractor: Saudi Bin Laden Group
  • Competition: 1999 – 2002
  • Design: 2004 – 2006
  • Construction: 2008 – 2013
  • Completion: November 2013

Al Haramain High-speed Rail Stations in Kingdom of Saudi Arabia by Foster + Partners

Saturday, January 14th, 2012

Article source: Foster + Partners

The Haramain High-speed Railway is a major infrastructure project for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, connecting the cities of Makkah, Madinah, Jeddah and the developing King Abdullah Economic City (KAEC). The stations are conceived as gateways to each city, filled with places to meet, shop, eat and shelter from the sun. Altogether, the large, flexible stations will cover an area more than 30 times the size of London’s Trafalgar Square and will initially accommodate an anticipated 60 million passengers – approximately six times the number of passengers that take the Eurostar from St Pancras each year. This is expected to increase to 135 million passengers by 2042.

KAEC Station

  • Architects: Foster + Partners
  • Project: Al Haramain High-speed Rail Stations
  • Location: Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
  • Client: Saudi Railways Organisation
  • Collaborating Architect: Dar Al Riyadh
  • Cost Consultant: Davis Langdon
  • Structural Engineers: Buro Happold
  • Foster + Partners Team: Mouzhan Majidi, Luke Fox, Angus Campbell, Huw Thomas, Alistair Lenczner, Angelika Kovacic, Jurgen Kuppers, Tony Miki, Pearl Tang, Vincent Westbrook, Young Wei-Yang Chiu, Diogo Bleck, Melissa Clinch, Perry Ip, Dirk Jantz, Charbel Tannous

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