Saudi: ALJ enlists Aurecon for 100m-tall Jeddah HQ
Aurecon has revealed details of Abdul Latif Jameel’s (ALJ) corporate headquarters in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, which will house 2,300 people once completed
Aurecon has been enlisted by Abdul Latif Jameel (ALJ) to engineer its corporate headquarters in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.
Designed by Aedas, the open-plan, L-shaped office complex will house 2,300 ALJ employees once completed.
High-strength reinforced concrete was used to strengthen the structure’s stiffness, and post-tensioned concrete was used for the building’s office floors.
Andy Mak, principal structural engineer at Aurecon, commented: “The L-shaped office areas are arranged in a manner [that] gives the architectural tapering effect; both legs of the L shape are arranged slightly differently from the adjacent floors.
“This created an intriguing challenge in determining the column layout to suit the open-plan office and also integrating it with the car park layout in the basement.”
Aurecon employed Revit design software to develop project models, which were integrated with models that Aedas produced using the Rhino platform.
“We went through many iterations of overlaying the Revit model and the Rhino model to coordinate the optimum column arrangement,” said Mak. “In the end, we decided on inclined and kinked columns on the one leg of the L shape. This worked very well with the interior architecture and also avoided major transfer beams in the floors.”
ALJ’s HQ is located on the corner of a 21ha site next to a major traffic intersection in Jeddah’s Al-Balad area.
Once completed, the building will be 100m in height.