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Zaha Hadid Architects have designed Riyadh, Saudi Arabia’s new King Abdullah Petroleum Studies and Research Center. The desert laboratory is meant to make minimal energy demands in an area that is well-known for its extreme temperatures.

The central research building is highlighted by angular prows that extend across the surface area, while intricate patterns have been applied to the walls and the ceiling — a celebration of Islamic tradition of geometric form. With future expansion in mind, the space was designed with modular construction.

Outside adjacent, the covered area then provides ample circulation to lessen the effects of solar radiation. Lastly, the open space outside the mosque, the musalla, acts as Saudi Arabia first-ever prayer space designed by a woman.

See above to get a feel for Riyadh’s new King Abdullah Petroleum Studies and Research Center by Zaha Hadid Architects.

For more, be sure to check out Zaha Hadid’s Luxe New York residential tower.

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