Winning designs for Riyadh Metro revealed

Schemes by Zaha Hadid, Snohetta and Gerber Archtekten win key stations

Zaha Hadid-designed KAFD metro station
Zaha Hadid-designed KAFD metro station
Mild-level platform at Snohetta's Downtown Metro station
Mild-level platform at Snohetta's Downtown Metro station

The Arriyadh Development Authority [ADA] has unveiled the winning designs for the three main stations Riyadh's new Metro system.

As reported on ConstructionWeekOnline last Thursday, Zaha Hadid Architects' proposal for the King Abdullah Financial District was approved.

The UK-based practice has created a design utilising soft, fluid wave forms that provide shading to minimise solar gain. Its design also used solar gemoetric lattices along the facade to create a modern twist on the Mashrabiya found in traditional Arabic architecture.

The station is being built on the eastern end of the financial district - at the intersection between lines 4 and 6 and is close to both King Fahd Road and the Northern Ring Road.


The other two major station awards have gone to Germany's Gerber Archtekten for the Olaya Metro Station and Norway's Snohetta for the Downtown Metro (Qasr Al Hokm) station.

Gerber Architekten's design for the Olaya Metro Station - between Olaya Street and King Fahd Road - includes a new public plaza which is integrated within a city centre development.

The station has a large, open entrance allowing visitors to see across all four storeys of the building, including two metro line levels, shops, food halls and a large concourse.

Meanwhile, the design for the main Downtown Metro station developed by Snohetta will feature a large canopy and a shaded plaza that allows natural light to filter across the concourse. The Eid Mosque also sits at the south west corner of the station.

The station, in Riyadh's Al Doho Quarter, will sit at the intersection of Al Madinah Al Munnawarah Street and King Faisal Street, and will serve as a transfer point between Metro Lines 1 and 3, as well as integrating with the bus network.

Arriyadh Development Authority said the stations would help to "transform Riyadh streets as they become the most visible elements of the city’s new world-class public transport system".

The proposed new Metro station will have 85 stations  on six lines covering a total distance of 177km, Many of the stations will be linked to park-and-ride networks - and will link to a pair of circular city centre bus routes covering 83km as well as  community bus services. 

Arriyadh Development Authority director Khalid Hazzani said: “The selection of station designs is an exciting milestone for Riyadh Metro.

"These iconic landmarks will transform the city streetscape. They will not only provide elegant interchanges for one of the most advanced public transport systems in the world, but also provide new public spaces for shopping, eating and working.

“Riyadh Metro is benefitting from world-leading design expertise, ensuring Riyadh remains at the forefront of sustainable urban design.”

For more images of the winning designs, click here.


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