KACST

City of Science and Technology - Projektleitung bei LAVA GbR

Office:
LAVA GbR
Position:
Project architect (RIBA stages: A-C)
Client:
Undisclosed
Location: 
Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
Type:
Master plan research campus
including design of lab buildings
Status:
Concept Design (2011)
Area:
700.000m²
230.000m² (lab buildings)
Cost:
Undisclosed
Partners:
RMJM, London, GB
Al Omran, SA
MEP, Landscape:
Battle McCarthy, GB
Costing:   
Bruce Shaw, GB  
Wayfinding:    
Space Agency, GB
Lab organisation:   
Fraunhofer IAO, DE
Aerial view of overall development- concept design stage (2011)
Walkable campus diagram - concept design stage (2011)
Site plan

The KACST master plan for a research and innovation campus in Saudi Arabia is based on the idea to create a campus that supports and advances knowledge exchange between the different institutes, ensures maximum flexibility in use and promotes an energy concept based on renewable energy and minimizing direct heat. 

The Campus is based on a modular framework specifically developed for the project. Following the framework, this system of research laboratories and support buildings allows maximum flexibility.

To realize a campus that supports knowledge exchange, the different sectors of the campus are arranged close to each other, connected by the green boulevard. Beneath the boulevard the carpark is located. Several exit points (green lobbies) from the car park area to the boulevard reduce the walking distance to a minimum and provide meeting areas. Furthermore the different buildings are coupled together to generate localized microclimates for pedestrian flows between the buildings.

Daylight, passive cooling and water use have been carefully controlled to make full use of available resources. The master plan shading system plays a significant role in the overall success of the environmental performance by minimizing direct heat for the public domain, with the potential benefit of generating energy to offset overall campus consumption.

Plaza of knowledge - concept design stage (2011)
Campus arriving sequence
Carpark as connector - concept design stage (2011)