Riyadh

Beautiful Geometric Facade Protects King Fahad National Library from the Hot Saudi Sun

Beautiful Geometric Facade Protects King Fahad National Library from the Hot Saudi Sun

Originally constructed in the 1980s, the old library building consists of a cruciform frame built from reinforced concrete. To expand the library, Gerber Architekten created a cuboid structure to surround

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Snøhetta Designs New Daylit Metro Station for Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

Snøhetta Designs New Daylit Metro Station for Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia's largest city, is home to some pretty impressive modern architecture - and it's about to get another icon. Oslo-based architecture firm Snøhetta has been selected to design the

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Chuck Hoberman Designs Kinetic Building Canopy to Filter Sunlight in Riyadh

Chuck Hoberman Designs Kinetic Building Canopy to Filter Sunlight in Riyadh

Imagine lounging at a spa poolside, relaxing as the delicate interplay of light and shadow filtering from the canopy above melts your stress away. But instead of trees setting the mood, the roof above is

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World’s Largest Solar Thermal Plant Opens in Saudi Arabia

World’s Largest Solar Thermal Plant Opens in Saudi Arabia

The world’s largest solar thermal plant recently opened in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. The new plant is almost double the size of what was previously the largest solar thermal facility (located in Denmark),

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Henning Larsen’s Gleaming Crystal Towers Will Be a Sustainable Oasis in the Desert

Henning Larsen’s Gleaming Crystal Towers Will Be a Sustainable Oasis in the Desert

Central Saudi Arabia is a difficult, if not impossible, location in which to create a new sustainable development. Summer temperatures can reach 120 degrees Farenheit, annual rainfall rarely exceeds 4

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Shimmering Villas in the Sky for Riyadh Utilize Unique Glazing System

Shimmering Villas in the Sky for Riyadh Utilize Unique Glazing System

A shimmering design for a mixed-use tower in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia is hoping to achieve LEED certification by utilizing an intriguing glazing system that provides both shade and light. Designed by Danish

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Zaha Hadid’s Petroleum Research Center (Ironically) Aims For LEED Platinum

Zaha Hadid’s Petroleum Research Center (Ironically) Aims For LEED Platinum

It may seem ironic, but even petroleum research centers can be LEED certified if they meet the critieria. Case in point: the King Abudullah Petroleum Studies and Research Center (KAPSARC for short),

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BURJ AL-TAQA: Zero-Energy Tower for the Middle East

BURJ AL-TAQA: Zero-Energy Tower for the Middle East

The recent building boom in the Middle East has given rise to some of the world’s most extravagant and innovative buildings. The latest proposed tower to sprout up among the ever-changing skyline is the

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