King Fahd National Library in Saudi Arabia

king-fahad-library-1Gezien in de Saudi Gazette van 29 maart 2015:

7 projects in KSA named winners of MEED’s national Quality Awards
MEED* has announced the names of Saudi Arabia’s projects of the year in the national round of the MEED Quality Awards for Projects 2014, in association with Mashreq.

Eén van de zeven winnaars was het King Fahd National Library project:

The King Fahd National Library, national winner of the Social Project of the Year award, entered by Saudi Binladin Group*, has a capacity of about 2.4 million books, with the ability to expand the library later to accommodate 3.3 million books. In addition to a new building and car park, the project also includes a plaza area, constructed over an underground parking area for 350 cars; as well as a private section for women only, large spaces for business and cultural activities, an auditorium, seminar rooms lectures halls and rooms for audio-visual presentations.

king-fahad-libr-2Bij Designboom is meer te lezen over dit project van het Duitse architectenbureau Gerber.

saudi arabia’s ‘king fahad national library’ has re-opened its doors to the public, ten years after german practice gerber architekten won an international competition to complete the project. the design involves the refurbishment and extension of the existing building – one of the most significant cultural centers in the region. situated in riyadh, the country’s capital

king-fahad-libr-3De bekleding van de buitengevel is opgebouwd uit ruitvormige luifels, gebaseerd op traditionele Midden-Oosten architectonische patronen.

Video van Arts.21 – they had the rare opportunity to film in Saudi Arabia and get a behind the scenes look at Gerber’s newest project: the new King Fahad National Library in Riyadh.

* MEED is a leading source of Middle East business intelligence (wikipedia)

* Saudi Binladin Group (SBG) is a multinational construction conglomerate and is headquartered in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. Considered the largest construction firm in the world (wikipedia)

 foto’s 2/3 Gerber arch.

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