Museum of the Built Environment, KAFD Riyadh

Museum of the Built Environment KAFD, Riyadh Building, King Abdullah Financial District Design

Museum of the Built Environment, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

KAFD Museum, Riyadh : Saudi Arabian Development – design by FXFOWLE, architects

24 Jun 2011

Museum of the Built Environment Riyadh

The King Abdullah Financial District (KAFD), Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

Design: FXFOWLE Architects

FXFOWLE has six active projects within the King Abdullah Financial District (KAFD), a new 55 million-square-foot mixed-use urban community located in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

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images : FXFowle

One of the firm’s projects in the KAFD is the Museum of the Built Environment, a key public building which will explore the important role that social, economical and environmental issues have played in the development of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the region. The museum’s vision is to provide space to exhibit works related to the symbolic interpretation of the historical development of the arts and architecture in the peninsula, and in particular how past and present trends in sustainable-thinking are shaping the future of the built environment.

The museum is sited on a large plaza bisected by a sunken Wadi, a pedestrian park that flows through the KAFD development. Over 340,000 square-feet will be dedicated to museum functions, such as permanent and temporary galleries, a 150-seat auditorium, and a destination restaurant and terrace. The museum serves as a primary transportation hub for the area, housing a monorail station at its +2 level, and provides connections to neighboring parcels through a site-wide network of public skywalks at the +1 level. The Saudi Arabian world heritage sites of Madain Saleh and At-Turaif inspired the museum’s formal concepts of erosion and chiseling of a crystal rock.

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images : FXFowle

The programmatic distribution is also expressed in the massing by creating greater solidity and opacity on the museum’s upper levels while maintaining transparency on the lower public levels. The building’s façade on the upper levels are made of prismatic laminated glass panels which create a varied textural quality and allow day light at select controlled locations. FXFOWLE is currently completing design development and construction documents while the project has already started excavation work.

Museum of the Built Environment KAFD – Building Information

Project: MUSEUM OF THE BUILT ENVIRONMENT
Location: Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
Architect: FXFOWLE
Anticipated Completion: 2012

Museum of the Built Environment Riyadh images / information from FXFOWLE Architects

Museum of the Built Environment Riyadh – design : FXFOWLE


To see all listed projects on a single map please follow this link.

KAFD Master Plan – design : Henning Larsen Architects

King Abdullah Financial District Hotel – design by Goettsch Partners
King Abdullah Financial District Hotel
image from architects

King Abdullah Economic City – design by SOM

King Abdullah Economic City design – design by Marshall Strabala

Saudi Arabia Buildings – Selection

Al Faisaliah Complex, Riyadh
Foster + Partners
Al Faisaliah Complex
Nigel Young, Foster & Partners
Al Faisaliah Complex

King Abdulaziz Library
Snøhetta
King Abdulaziz Library Saudi Arabia
picture : MIR
King Abdulaziz Library

Alrriyadh Ritz Carlton Tower, Riyadh
ECHO Architecture
Alrriyadh Ritz Carlton Tower Riyadh
image from architects
Alrriyadh Ritz Carlton Tower Building

King Abdullah Botanical Gardens

King Abdullah Botanical Gardens architect : Barton Willmore

King Abdullah Economic City architects : Skidmore Owings Merrill

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