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Arabsat Headquarters, Riyadh by heneghan.peng.architects

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All information and images courtesy of heneghan.peng.architects. Copyright by desMena

The design of the new headquarters for Arab Satellite Communications Organization (Arabsat) was the subject of an international competition commissioned by the Arriyadh Development Authority in 2008.

heneghan.peng.architects with Buro Happold engineers won the competition and were subsequently appointed in March 2009.

The building, which is located in the Diplomatic Quarters in Riyadh, respects the urban form of the precinct, whilst projecting the identity of a high profile and forward looking institution.

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Arabsat is an organisation built on a vision of connecting the Arab community to itself and the world, “our world, your world”; This design gives the building a strong landmark presence by defining the corners of the site whilst curving inwards to create the entrance and private gardens within the site.

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An interactive building is created that facilitates connections between different departments, between exterior and interior, so that in its physical expression, the building embodies the ethos of the Arabsat organisation. At the heart of the new headquarters for Arabsat is a unique spatial matrix, an interior garden – (its interior identity), designed to foster innovation through communication and exchange of ideas.

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This continuous interior garden is shaped by the 3 exterior lattice walls which are reflected inside to shape this interior world. Bridges between different departments cross over at multiple levels, at times widening to become informal meeting spaces. The arrays of trajectories that organize these connections extend outwards to the outer perimeters of the site shaping the different gardens.

hparc_ars_10CAPILLARY LIKE CONNECTIONS PROVIDE AN INTERACTIVE ENVIRONMENT

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A SHADED ENTRANCE WHERE THE SOUND OF WATER GREETS VISITORS AS THEY ARRIVE
hparc_ars_05NIGHT FALLING ON RIYADH | ARABSAT HEADQUARTERS REACHES SKYWARD
hparc_ars_06A DATE PALM LINED PLAZA CREATES A FORMAL ENTRANCE
hparc_ars_08CENTRAL ENTRANCE PROVIDES CLEAR LEGIBILITY AND EXCELLENT CONNECTIVITY
hparc_ars_12.jpgSECTION: AN EASILY LEGIBLE BUILDING ALLOWING FOR SIMPLE NAVIGATION
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hparc_ars_013 CURVED WALLS TOUCH CORNERS OF THE SITE, A FOURTH CRATES AN ENTRANCE
hparc_ars_02AN INTERIOR GARDEN REFLECTING THE CURVATURE OF THE LATTICE WALLS
hparc_ars_03AN OPEN ENVIRONMENT WITH A SIMPLE ORGANISATION
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Models By Andrew Ingham & Associates.
Photography by Richard Davies
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Models By Andrew Ingham & Associates.
Photography by Richard Davies
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Models By Andrew Ingham & Associates.
Photography by Richard Davies
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Models By Andrew Ingham & Associates.
Photography by Richard Davies
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Project name : Headquarters of Arabsat

Location: Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

District: Diplomatic Quarters, Riyadh

Architect : heneghan.peng.architects

Engineering : Buro Happold

Use: Corporate HQ

Client: Arabsat
Site Area: 13,686m²
Bldg. Area: 16,000 m²
Gross Floor Area: 7983m²

Blag. Coverage Ratio: 60 %

Gross Floor Ratio: 60 %

Blag. Scale: 2 Stories above Ground
one Stories below Ground
Structure:
Max.Height: 18m

Landacape Area: 11,000m²

parking lots: 195 Cars

Exterior Finish: GRC

Completion period : 2011

MODEL PHOTOS-
Models By Andrew Ingham & Associates.
Photography by Richard Davies

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