King Abdullah Petroleum Studies and Research Center by Zaha Hadid Architects

By : Dennis Franklin | 8 Feb 2014 12:48 pm | Other

The King Abdullah Petroleum Studies and Research Center began construction in the capital city of Riyadh, Saudi Arabia and it will host the headquarters of an independent non-profit organization which is dedicated to research economics and technology of all the energy platforms.

The project has a modular structure designed by the practice of Zaha Hadid Architects and it was imagined as a continually developing organic scheme which can grow and multiply in a manner similar to that of cells so that each of them is autonomous and doesn’t compromise the overall visual integrity of the complex.

Each “cell” has a six sided structure and they connect in a network forming a cluster of crystalline elements that evolve. Each part is suited for the function it serves and the exterior has a shell-like façade to conceal the sheltered courtyards acting as buffer zones to provide a gradual transition between the hot temperature outside and the cooler interior.



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