King Abdullah University of Science and Technology Interior Design 139
Thuwal, Saudi Arabia
Completion: 2009 Labs:
King Abdullah University of Science and
an engineering classroom building, applied
A pedestrian spine bisecting the campus
Technology (KAUST) is a 26-building,
mathematics building, library, mosque,
links labs with the quadrangle. This spine is a
graduate-level research university located
student center, performing arts auditorium,
shaded, passively cooled outdoor concourse
50 miles north of Jeddah on the east coast of
university center and main dining hall.
housing conference, ofﬁce and retail space.
the Red Sea.
Annual EUI: 92 kBTU / sf / yr for 2.9 million sq. ft.
Careful sunlight management creates comfort Human interaction and collaboration are at
KAUST was envisioned as an entirely new type
the core of sharing knowledge, advancing
and visual drama in the primary social spaces.
of research university with a new academic
research and making new discoveries. To
The three-story, freestanding academic
Higher Education Space:
organizational structure that promotes
encourage chance meetings and interaction,
library is a beacon signifying the metaphorical
Annual EUI: 147 kBTU / sf / yr
innovation and creativity. Individual schools
collaborative and social spaces are given
heart of the campus. A translucent skin
for 837,362 sq. ft.
and scientiﬁc departments do not exist and
privileged, highly visible spots on campus.
surrounding the library's tall, open interior
there are no departmental boundaries. Administrative Space:
volumes establishes a dramatic visual Based on the dominance of the sun
connection between the interior and exterior.
Annual EUI: 70 kBTU / sf / yr
Designed to encourage physical and human
in KAUST’s desert climate, the team
The library functions as an academic
for 346,335 sq. ft.
networks to ﬂourish without boundaries, the
incorporated daylight as a primary building
commons that encourages interdisciplinary,
KAUST campus creates a new framework for
medium. The effect of daylight on the
cross-cultural collaboration. The warm,
a global community that brings together the
perception of space and surface also
social environment balances the technical
Annual EUI: 90 kBTU / sf / yr
world’s best minds around humanity’s most
played a key role in the interior design of the
nature of the surrounding engineering and
for 139,990 sq. ft.
urgent scientiﬁc and technological challenges.
buildings. Similar to the Arabic screening of
the “mashrabiya,” windows and skylights have In addition to the four interconnected,
an integral shading system that reduces heat
500,000-sq.-ft. research buildings, the
loads while creating dramatic, dappled light.
university includes administration buildings,
◄ interior view of library
2014 design annual
5.5 million sq. ft. / 510,967 sq. m.