Museum of the Built Environment in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
The Museum of the Built Environment is one of six projects designed by FXFOWLE Architects within the King Abdullah Financial District (KAFD), a new 55 million-square-foot mixed-use urban community.
The building is sited on a large plaza bisected by a sunken Wadi, a pedestrian park. Over 340,000 square feet of permanent and temporary exhibition space will feature works related to arts and architecture in the peninsula.
Other programmatic elements include a 150-seat auditorium, a destination restaurant and terrace.
The Saudi Arabian world heritage sites of Madain Saleh and At-Turaif inspired the Museum’s chiseled, crystalline form.
The building’s exterior cladding expresses its programmatic functions; the lower public floors are transparent, while upper levels are more opaque, clad with prismatic laminated glass panels which create a varied textural quality and allow daylight to penetrate at controlled locations.
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LOCATION: Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
CLIENT: Rayadah Investment Company
AREA: 323,000 GSF / 30,000 GSM
CERTIFICATE: LEED Silver Anticipated