Winner of Institutional & Cultural Project of the Year, this scheme will provide Saudi’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) with a new 46,000m2 building to house facilities for the Institute of Diplomatic Studies and Consular Affairs Department. Located in Riyadh, next to a large park and the monumental Nasseriyah Gate, the building contains an auditorium, lecture halls, library, classrooms, offices, a large hall for visa applicants and office space.
The details Internally the project contains overhanging decks and a ‘stepped oasis’ over three of the five levels. Each of the steps and decks are twisted at an angle of 45 degrees to the façade. With its abundance of green vegetation, the oasis will provide an attractive internal environment, in addition to generating oxygen and reducing internal temperature.
In order to provide the optimum indoor environment, the lighting levels, acoustics, air temperature, and internal humidity will be carefully controlled while energy usage is minimised by the exterior envelope. All offices and classrooms are placed along the four façades to maximise daylight.
Common facilities for the Consular Affairs Department and the Institute of Diplomatic Studies, such as the lobby, cafeteria and library, are placed on the oasis. Due to the angle on the stepped storeys, these facilities will enjoy direct light and views to the existing MOFA building.
Architect: Henning Larsen Architects/Buro Happold Location: Riyadh, Saudi Arabia