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KAUST Exterior Commons: Sam Fentress.

KAUST Exterior Sea Court: Sam Fentress

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he team HOK designed and built KAUST’s 3,500-acre campus-Saudi Arabia’s first LEED-certified project and at the time of its certification was the world’s largest LEED Platinum project – including more than 70 neighbourhood parks – in less than 30 months. The strong, clear master plan enabled the project to quickly progress from a conceptual idea into detailed design and

construction. Site development began less than a year after the team created the initial sketches.

The harsh climatic conditions along the Red Sea made the landscape architecture strategies extremely important. The team selected plants, materials, structures and streetscape furnishings based on their ability to withstand the hot, humid, marine climate.

KAUST Exterior Main Quad: Sam Fentress.

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Landscape Magazine February 2014