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King Abdullah Financial District Metro Station

  • Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
  • 2012 – 2020
  • Arriyadh Development Authority
  • Under Construction
  • 45,000m2
  • Levels: 5 above ground and 2 below ground (car parking)
  • Metro Lines served: Line 1, Line 4, Line 6, Skybridge access to monorail (6 train plattforms)

The King Abdullah Financial District (KAFD) Metro Station will serve as a key interchange on the new Riyadh Metro network for Line 1, as well as the terminus of Line 4 (for passengers to the airport) and Line 6. 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 of a multimodal transport centre and the district’s future vision.

 

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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. 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 threedimensional 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.

The façade patterning reduces solar gain while it’s geometric perforations contextualize the station within its cultural environment. The overall composition resembles patterns generated by desert winds in sand dunes, where multiple frequencies and repetition generate complex natural formations. The King Abdullah Financial Disctrict Metro Station applies a discrete subset of elements which are correlated through repetition, symmetry and scaling; optimizing the design while simplify technical challenges without compromising spatial quality or design ambition.

 

 

Architect

Zaha Hadid Architects

Design

Zaha Hadid with Patrik Schumacher

Project Principal

Gianluca Racana

Project Director

Filippo Innocenti

Project Architect

Gian Luca Barone

Project Associate

Fulvio Wirz

Construction Support Team

Marco Amoroso, Vincenzo Caputo, Abdel Halim Chehab, Domenico Di Francesco, Marko Gligorov, Stefano Iacopini

Project Team

Marco Amoroso, Vincenzo Caputo, Abdel Halim Chehab, Lee Cubeddu, Rawan Al-Derjem, Domenico Di Francesco, David Fogliano, Manuele Gaioni, Subharthi Guha, Alexandros Kallegias, Lisa Kinnerud, Alexandre Kuroda, Stefano Iacopini, Carolina López-Blanco, Jamie Mann, Mohammadali Mirzaei, Arian Hakimi Nejad, David Wolthers, Nicola McConnell, Mario Mattia, Massimo Napoleoni, Niki Okala, Carlos Parraga-Botero, Sohith Perera, Izis Salvador Pinto, Carine Posner, Neil Rigden, Paola Salcedo, Nima Shoja, Thomas Sonder, Vincenzo Reale, Kate Revyakina, Roberto Vangeli, Seungho Yeoz

Competition Team

Alexandre Kuroda, Fei Wang, Lisa Kinnerud, Jorge Mendez-Caceres

Structural Engineer

BuroHappold Engineering

Building Services

BuroHappold Engineering

Transport and Civil Engineering

BuroHappold Engineering

Acoustic Engineer

BuroHappold Engineering

Fire Engineer

BuroHappold Engineering

Sustanability Engineer

BuroHappold Engineering

Façade Consultant

NewTecnic

Design Management

AECOM

Specification

AECOM

Cost Consultant

AECOM

Signage & Way Finding

TDC

Transit Systems

Siemens & Alstom

Contractor

BACS