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HOK’s KAUST Library is at the Heart of the Largest LEED NC Platinum Project Ever Built

by , 04/05/11

KAUST Library, KAUST, Saudi Arabia, desert architecture, HOK, sustainable architecture

The Academic Library is located at the center of the compact campus and serves as a student commons and meeting space as well as a traditional library. Dramatic yet welcoming, the library’s interior is built out in a rich palette of materials and provides varied spaces for students and academics to collaborate, including cafes, casual lounges and more formal meeting rooms.

The exterior enclosure of the building is a double wall of glass and laminated stone to temper the sunlight. Flexible spaces ensure that the library can remain modern as the demands of the digital information age change in the future. The majority of books are housed on the first floor and are available for immediate retrieval, but an on demand print shop can print any book within the library’s online resources. At night, the building’s transparent nature transforms it into a beacon of light. The entire campus has received a number of awards including the 2011 Laboratory of the Year by R&D Magazine as well as one of the 2010 “Top Ten Green Projects” by AIA’s Committee on the Environment.

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  1. karenwil April 5, 2011 at 6:57 pm

    Being the largest LEED NC-Platinum project ever is great but many people would agree with me that small builds are truly the greenest.
    That said this project looks wonderful the architects designed well crafted buildings.
    I don’t think I have heard of mashrabiya screens before.
    Reducing heat is a core issue in the Saudi Arabia.

    “At night, the building’s transparent nature transforms it into a beacon of light” – well written article, I love the night picture. The Sofa’s sleek are simlar for the famous Mr. Nilsson Sofa.

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