The study honeycomb

The unveiling of the King Abdullah Petroleum Studies and Research Centre (KAPSARC) in Riyadh has shown that although world-famous architect Dame Zaha Hadid has passed, her awe-inspiring designs live on.

During Saudi Design week, KAPSARC opened its doors to the public. Dedicated to researching policies aiding efficient energy usage, the honeycomb-like building spans over 17 acres, made up of 5 unified pods. Complete with library, computer centre, auditorium, research centre, and prayer space, the honeycomb structure uses minimal materials to create a lattice of cells, allowing for adaption and expansion in the future.

The courtyards are covered by a geometric lattice that extends along the building’s many facades, allowing light to filter in whilst simultaneously protecting visitors from the harsh desert climate. The building even features an underground passage that researchers can use to access each pod, without going outside, in midsummer.

The project, which was the first Hadid project to be awarded the prestigious LEED Platinum Award, also boasts impressive green credentials: All of KAPSARC’s water will be reused and recycled, solar panels with a capacity of 5,000 megawatts per year will power the centre and 30% of construction materials are sourced from recycled items.

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