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ZHA's Saudi project wins American Concrete Institute award

RIYADH, December 3, 2020

Zaha Hadid Architects (ZHA), a leading architectural firm based in London, UK, said one of its majorSaudi projects - King Abdullah Petroleum Studies and Research Center (KAPSARC) in Riyadh - has won the American Concrete Institute (ACI) award for Excellence in Concrete Construction.
 
The ACI awards are aimed at honouring the industry’s most creative visions and projects, and providing a platform to recognise concrete innovation, technology and excellence across the globe.
 
This is ZHA’s first project to be awarded LEED Platinum certification by the US Green Building Council. The centre has been designed in response to the environment of the Riyadh Plateau to minimise energy consumption.
 
In nature, hexagonal prismatic honeycomb structures use the least amount of material to create a lattice of cells within any given volume. This natural principle determined KAPSARC’s composition as an amalgamation of crystalline forms that emerges from the desert landscape, evolving to best respond to the environment, said the statement from ZHA.
 
Presenting a solid, protecting shell to the harsh sunlight from the south, the campus opens to north and west; encouraging prevailing winds to cool the campus via a series of sheltered courtyards that bring softlycontrolled daylight into the interior.
 
Orientated for the sun and wind conditions, the crystalline forms of KAPSARC’s prismatic cells gain in height towards the south, west, and east to shield internal spaces from direct sunlight. ‘Wind-catchers’ integrated within the roof profiles direct the prevailing winds from the north into each courtyard for cooling.
 
KAPSARC has been named Saudi Arabia's ‘smartest’ building in the Honeywell Smart Building Awards programme, based on criteria that include environmental sustainability, safety and productivity.
 
It is a non-profit institution for research into the most effective use of energy for social wellbeing. Developing policies to reduce the environmental impact and costs of energy supply and enabling practical solutions to use energy more efficiently, KAPSARC brings together experts from around the world to tackle energy challenges; freely sharing its analytical knowledge.
 
The Riyadh campus incorporates five buildings: the Energy Knowledge Centre; the Energy Computer Centre; a Conference Centre with exhibition hall and 300-seat auditorium; a Research Library with archives for 100,000 volumes; and the Musalla, a place for prayer & contemplation within the campus.-TradeArabia News Service



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