Zaha Hadid wins Saudi metro design competition


Zaha Hadid Architects won the competition to design the new metro station on the edge of the King Abdullah Financial District in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

The practice beat Henning Larsen Architects and HOK to land the 20,434m² project which will have six platforms, spread over four public floors and will include two levels of underground car parking.

Other stations on the rail network will be designed by Norway’s Snøhetta and Germany’s Gerber Architekten.


The air-conditioned building will feature glass ‘train pipes’ similar to the stations on the Jubilee Line in London. It will be linked to the surrounding district by pathways and skybridges and create a ‘dynamic, multi-functional public space’.

Externally, the façade is described as ‘a three dimensional lattice defined by a sequence of opposing sine waves’.

The project is set to complete in 2017.

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