King Abdullah Financial District Metro Station

Metro Station, King Abdullah Financial District, Riyadh Development, Saudi Arabia

King Abdullah Financial District Metro Station

Riyadh Transport Terminal Development, Saudi Arabia – design by Zaha Hadid Architects

2 Jun 2014 – new, larger images added to this page

Riyadh Metro Station

Design: Zaha Hadid

Location: Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

King Abdullah Financial District Metro Station

The ArRiyadh Development Authority has announced that Zaha Hadid Architects will build the new King Abdullah Financial District (KAFD) Metro Station in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. With over 5 million residents, Riyadh’s population has more than doubled since 1990. To serve its fast-growing population, the city will build a new public transport system.

King Abdullah Financial District Metro Station

The 20,434 sqm King Abdullah Financial District Metro Station will serve as a key interchange on the network for Line 1, as well as the terminus of Line 4 (for passengers to the airport) and Line 6 of the new Riyadh Metro. The local monorail can also be accessed from the station via a skybridge. With six platforms over four public floors and two levels of underground car parking, the KAFD Metro Station will be integrated within the urban context of the financial district, responding to the functional requirements for a multimodal transport centre and the district’s future vision.

King Abdullah Financial District Metro Station

The project extends beyond the simple station typology to emphasize the building’s importance as a dynamic, multi-functional public space; not only an intermediate place perceived through quick transitions, but also a dramatic public space for the city.

Riyadh Transport Terminal Development, Saudi Arabia design by Zaha Hadid Architects

The design places the station at the centre of a network of pathways, skybridges and metro lines envisaged by the KAFD master plan. Connectivity diagrams and traffic across the site have been mapped and structured to clearly delineate the pedestrian routes within the building, optimize internal circulation and avoid congestion. The resulting configuration is a three-dimensional lattice defined by a sequence of opposing sine-waves (generated from the repetition and frequency variation of station’s daily traffic flows) which act as the spine for the building’s circulation. These sine-waves are extended to the station’s envelope and strictly affiliated to its internal layout, translating the architectural concept to the exterior.

King Abdullah Financial District Subway Station by Zaha Hadid Architects

King Abdullah has instructed the new Riyadh Metro be completed in four years. Prince Khaled bin Bander, the governor of Riyadh, said the project is progressing to plan and the ArRiyadh Development Authority has released details of the city’s public transport plan including the six metro lines that will serve as the backbone for public transport in the city.

Riyadh Metro Station King Abdullah Financial District Metro Station by Zaha Hadid Architects

King Abdullah Financial District Metro Station – Building Information

Design: Zaha Hadid Architects
Project Director: Gianluca Racana, Filippo Innocenti
Project Architect: Fulvio Wirz, Gian Luca Barone
Design Team: Alexandre Kuroda, Fei Wang, Lisa Kinnerud, Jorge Mendez-Caceres

Structural Engineer: Buro Happold
Services: Buro Happold
Transport and Civil Engineering: Buro Happold
Fire Engineering: Buro Happold
Façade Consultant: NewTecnic
Cost Consultant: Davis Langdon

Size: 20,434 m2
Levels: 4 above ground, 2 below ground (car parking)
Metro Lines served: Line 1, Line 4, Line 6, Skybridge access to monorail (6 train plattforms)

King Abdullah Financial District Metro Station images / information from Zaha Hadid, 16 May 2013

Zaha Hadid

Location: Sharafuddin, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia




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