King Abdullah Petroleum Studies and Research Center Residential Community Riyadh, Saudi Arabia The King Abdullah Petroleum Studies and
of motion across the site's east-west axis.
night, the glass box becomes a lantern
Site: 500 acres / 200 hectares
Research Center (KAPSARC) is a research
The curving, ﬂat-seam metal roofs of the
in the landscape washed with light at the
and policy center committed to energy and
central dining facility and library extend off
bottom and punctuated with points of light
environmental exploration and analysis. The
the building, transforming into ﬂowing shade
near the night sky.
residential community provides a premier
canopies. These two buildings face each
Annual EUI: 45 kBTU / sf / yr
family environment that helps KAPSARC
other across the central plaza.
57% energy reduction from average
attract and retain world-class researchers.
KAPSARC's residential community is the ﬁrst and largest project outside of North America to
Two long, rectilinear apartment buildings
achieve LEED for Homes certiﬁcation. It is one
The 10 community buildings include three
ﬂank the central dining facility and library.
of the ﬁrst projects included in the LEED
apartment complexes with retail; a library;
The horizontal sunshade structures of these
for Homes International Pilot Program. All
a dining hall; a recreation center; a natatorium;
modern, stone-clad forms complete the liner
191 of the villas have been awarded LEED
a community masjid, or mosque; a
that deﬁnes the central plaza.
for Homes certiﬁcation (188 Gold, one Silver
supermarket; and a bowling alley. A 191-unit
and two Certiﬁed). All community buildings
residential community features 11
As the spiritual center of the KAPSARC
except for the mosque are aiming for LEED
different housing prototypes.
residential community, the mosque is highly
visible. Envisioned as a monolithic core
◄ community plaza
The plan organizes the site around a linear,
perforated with a pattern of glowing windows
KAPSARC’s 592,000-square-foot solar
central green space. The massing of the
and surrounded by glass, the experience of
energy ﬁeld, also designed by HOK, will
central community buildings reinforces the
the mosque changes from day to night. During
generate about 5,800 megawatt hours of
strength of the site concept. Two main
the day, the play of shadows from the complex
electrical energy annually. It is the largest
buildings in the center of the green space
mullion patterns travels over the inner stone
photovoltaic array in Saudi Arabia.
have sculptural roofs, continuing the feeling
facade, creating a dynamic experience. At
2014 design annual
2.05 million sq. ft. / 190,200 sq. m.
Published on Sep 3, 2014
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