Saudi Arabian National Center for Science and Technology
Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
Government of Saudi Arabia
The SANCST Science Halls have a traditional
introverted character and the building mass sitting on the Arabic landscape
like a finite object and using a strong system of Islamic geometric ordering,
superimposition and the rotation of the basic square. The exterior cladding is
a warm colour of horizontally stratified Riyadh limestone with varying band depths.
The important features of the Science Halls are the large semi-circular arrival
plaza and its orientation, the souk street circulation, the laboratories, the
demonstration theatres, the formal gardens, the traditional riverbed gardens,
and the medicinal herb gardens. The 125 hectare site was 12 km north of the
Riyadh centre core.