Saudi Arabian National Center for Science and Technology

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
Government of Saudi Arabia
Educational, Cultural
Laboratory, Theatre


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.

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Comment: The design and documentation were completed; the project was not built