Zaha Hadid Architects reveals honeycomb-like oil investigate centre in …

Hexagonal pods interlock like honeycomb to form the King Abdullah Petroleum Studies and Research Centre, built by Zaha Hadid Architects in the Saudi Arabian capital Riyadh.

The outrageous building was designed by London-based Zaha Hadid Architects to yield facilities for researchers questioning a transition towards some-more tolerable appetite sources in one of a many oil-rich countries in a world.

With a goal to investigate a many effective use of energy, the King Abdullah Petroleum Studies and Research Centre (KAPSARC) has been designed to grasp a LEED Platinum sustainability certification.


The modular honeycomb arrangement of a building allows for destiny adaption and enlargement of a investigate campus. The faceted form of a cells is highlighted by bony cut outs in their flanks and latticed skylights.

This layout is one of several pacifist and active systems that aim to minimise appetite expenditure in a prohibited dried meridian of Riyadh.

“Hexagonal kaleidoscopic honeycomb structures use a slightest element to emanate a hideaway of cells within a given volume,” explained a studio.

“This constructional and organisational element dynamic KAPSARC’s combination as an alliance of bright forms that emerges from a dried landscape, elaborating to best respond to a environmental conditions and inner programme requirements.”

Similarly, rooftop solar panels have a ability to store adult to a outrageous 5,000 megawatts per year, and beverage H2O is recycled and reused opposite a site.

The 70,000-square-metre trickery comprises 5 companion buildings: a Energy Knowledge Centre, a Energy Computer Centre, a Conference Centre, a Research Library and a Musalla request space.

The pods are oriented to relieve a impact of a oppressive light and feverishness of a Riyadh Plateau, and a open yard during a centre of a campus is shadowy by canopies on branching columns.

The building rises from a belligerent to a north and west of a site to concede any zephyr to interfuse to a courtyard.

During a hottest tools of a year, researchers can transport between a opposite buildings around an subterraneous passage.

A array of smaller courtyards are also supposing by a gaps left where a pods angle divided from any other, and are cooled by “wind-catchers” built into a roof profiles.

Zaha Hadid Architects is also now operative on an archeology centre for a UNESCO-protected site in Saudi Arabia, that will be dedicated to strengthen a archaeological sites of Wadi Hanifah, a 120-kilometre-long valley that cuts by a city of Diriyah.

Photography is by Hufton + Crow.


Project credits:

Architect: Zaha Hadid Architects
Architectural design: Zaha Hadid, Patrik Schumacher
ZHA devise director: Lars Teichmann, Charles Walker
ZHA pattern director: DaeWha Kang
ZHA devise site team: John Simpson (site associate), Alejandro Diaz, Anas Younes, Annarita Papeschi, Aritz Moriones, Ayca Vural Cutts, Carlos Parraga-Botero, Javier Rueda, Malgorzata Kowalczyk, Michal Wojtkiewicz, Monika Bilska, Sara Criscenti, Stella Dourtme
ZHA devise leaders: Fabian Hecker (research center), Michael Powers (conference center), Brian Dale/Henning Hansen (library), Fulvio Wirz (musalla/IT center), Elizabeth Bishop (facades/2d documentation), Saleem A Jalil/Maria Rodero (master plan), Lisamarie Ambia/Judith Wahle (interiors), Bozana Komljenovic (2d documentation), John Randle (specifications), John Szlachta (3d support coordinator)
ZHA devise team: Adrian Krezlik, Alexander Palacio, Amdad Chowdhury, Amit Gupta, Andres Arias Madrid, Britta Knobel, Camiel Weijenberg, Carine Posner, Claire Cahill, Claudia Glas-Dorner, DaChun Lin, Daniel Fiser, Daniel Toumine, David Doody, David Seeland, Deniz Manisali, Elizabeth Keenan, Evan Erlebacher, Fernanda Mugnaini, Garin O’Aivazian, Giorgio Radojkovic, Inês Fontoura, Jaimie-Lee Haggerty, Jeremy Tymms, Julian Jones, Jwalant Mahadevwala, Lauren Barclay, Lauren Mishkind, Mariagrazia Lanza, Melike Altinisik, Michael Grau, Michael McNamara, Mimi Halova, MohammadAli Mirzaei, Mohammed Reshdan, Muriel Boselli, MyungHo Lee, Nahed Jawad, Natacha Viveiros, Navvab Taylor, Neil Vyas, Nicola McConnell, Pedro Sanchez, Prashanth Sridharan, Roxana Rakhshani, Saahil Parikh, Sara Saleh, Seda Zirek, Shaju Nanukuttan, Shaun Farrell, Sophie Davison, Sophie Le Bienvenu, Stefan Brabetz, Steve Rea, Suryansh Chandra, Talenia Phua Gajardo, Theodor Wender, Yu Du
ZHA foe pattern team: Lisamarie Ambia, Monika Bilska, Martin Krcha, Maren Klasing, Kelly Lee, Johannes Schafelner, Judith Schafelner, Ebru Simsek, Judith Wahle, Hee Seung Lee, Clara Martins, Anat Stern Daniel Fiser; Thomas Sonder, Kristina Simkeviciute, Talenia Phua Gajardo, Erhan Patat, Dawna Houchin, Jwalant Mahadevwala
Engineering: Arup
Interior design: Woods Bagot
Landscape design: GROSS.MAX
Lighting design: OVI
Catering and kitchen design: Eastern Quay and GWP
Exhibition design: Event
Artwork:International Art Consultants
Branding and signage: Elmwood and Bright 3d
Library consulting: Tribal
Cost consulting and pattern devise management: Davis Langdon

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