KAPSARC undertakes global collaborative research to develop different sources of energy to meet the future development needs while protecting the environment and finding practical technology-enabled solutions to use energy more efficiently.
KAPSARC’s research also studies the technological, economic and environmental impacts of energy.
With the increased complexity of global energy, it is important to continuously expand the boundaries of knowledge through collaboration and research. KAPSARC is an advanced research centre that brings together the leading experts from around the world to tackle energy challenges.
The centre is characterised by its innovative design that integrates the highest standards of environmental conservation. Designed in response to its natural environment to ensure comfort for employees alongside minimising energy and resource consumption, the design works with the extreme weather conditions of the Arabian Peninsula to provide a research centre of the highest quality and energy efficiency.
The Research Building is the active nerve-centre or brain of the entire KAPSARC campus, where all threads of the centre’s activities gather together.
The primary organising strategy of the KAPSARC design is a cellular, partially modular system that integrates different departmental buildings into a single continuous ensemble with connecting communal spaces between the buildings. The modularity of the design has enabled a phased development that can be adapted in the future for changing demands, with the different chambers being large enough to allow for flexibility.
The design establishes recognisable domains within an overall ensemble of individual buildings that are separate, yet cohesive and interconnected.
The close integration of all researchers and other users of the campus is facilitated by arranging several key departments around the primary central courtyard; avoiding the traditional segregation into separate groups that is no longer conducive for modern research. The architecture encourages and promotes an active exchange between fellow researchers and visitors.
The KAPSARC building was awarded LEED Platinum certification from the United States Green Building Council.