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KING ABDULLAH FINANCIAL CENTER

Riyadh Saudi Arabia

HM White

 

Project Description

Building upon the original Henning Larsen master plan, HM White col¬laborated with FXFOWLE to develop comprehensive public realm de¬signs for the first four development parcels of the King Abdullah Finan¬cial District. Each site fronts on a unifying landform and meandering public landscape known as the Wadi. Streetscapes, courtyards and public plazas emerge as a sequence of inter-related spaces that feed into the Wadi’s larger landscape network.

The pedestrian oriented urban development has set the Wadi 5.5 me¬ters below street level, symbolizing its definition as an ephemeral river¬bed oasis in a valley setting. Each site’s open space design is inspired by regional topographic and vegetative typologies. The design goal is to increase permeability and connectivity through the Wadi’s integra¬tion with the streetscape and network of public plazas and courts. Principles of environmental sustainability are instrumental to each land¬scape design concept. Strategies on maximizing gray and storm water harvesting and filtering have informed landscape design initiatives as well as improving human comfort levels to extend outdoor use.

 

Project Details

KING ABDULLAH FINANCIAL CENTER
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  • Architect: FXFOWLE 
  • Structural Engineer: Buro Happold 
  • MEP Engineer: Buro Happold 
  • Graphic Designer: Poulin + Morris 
 
 
 

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