Dammam, Saudi Arabia
Despite constraints requiring us to maintain some of the internal layout designed by a previous architect, this twelve storey office building in Saudi Arabia was rationalized to improve its efficiency whilst giving it a new contemporary appearance.
The expressed structure leaves an open, column-free floor for maximum office space efficiency and layout flexibility. Three slender frames loop around a glazed façade giving the building taller, more elegant proportions. The overhangs and protruding floorplates provide horizontal shading and reduce solar gain without impeding the impressive views towards the East and West. The North and South façades will be blocked by future developments, and are therefore predominantly solid resulting in a simple cost effective cladding solution.
The top of the building contains a duplex penthouse with double height spaces and a shaded roof terrace with an infinity pool and unobstructed views towards the city and the coast of the Arabian Gulf.
Omar Al Omari, Anna Kowal, Victor Hadjikyriacou, Thomas Cartledge