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Design snapshot: Riyadh's newest petroleum studies and research hub

by Neha Bhatia on Nov 25, 2017


KAPSRC opened its doors to the public this month [image: arup.com].
KAPSRC opened its doors to the public this month [image: arup.com].
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The King Abdullah Petroleum Studies and Research Center (KAPSRC) project in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, opened its doors to the public earlier this month. 

Spanning 70,000m², the energy and environmental research campus is focussed on researching effective and productive uses for energy. 

Arup worked alongside Zaha Hadid Architects (ZHA) to develop the project from "a series of modular crystalline structures". 

In a press statement, Arup added: "The buildings have been designed to turn their back to the sun, in order to minimise solar gains, and are shaped to enclose shaded courtyards cooled by the prevailing desert winds.

"[The project] also features self-supporting cellular structures, providing flexible spaces that can be adapted [for] multi-functional uses within the buildings." 

Appearing as crystalline forms emerging from the desert landscape, the campus includes research and information technology (IT) facilities, a conference centre, a library and a musalla.

The following pages outline details of the project's design, structural, and sustainability aspects, as revealed by Arup. 

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