Hufton+Crow photographs Zaha Hadid’s KAPSARC research centre in Saudi Arabia

Zaha Hadid Architects has recently opened its King Abdullah Petroleum Studies and Research Center (KAPSARC) in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia to the public.

The complex presents a a series of ‘crystalline forms’ emerging from the desert landscape, designed in response to the environment of the Riyadh Plateau to minimise energy consumption.

The non-profit institution’s campus incorporates five buildings, including the Energy Knowledge Centre; the Energy Computer Centre; a conference centre with an exhibition hall and a 300-seat auditorium; as well as a research library complete with 100,000 volumes; and the Musalla, a place for prayer and contemplation. Read more about the project on designMENA. 

Hufton+Crow photograph the building complex, capturing its exterior and interior spaces, which allow in natural sunlight.

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