Zaha Hadid’s Winning designs for Riyadh Metro revealed in public.

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The Arriyadh Development Authority [ADA] has unveiled the winning designs for the three main stations Riyadh’s new Metro system.

As reported by the media  last Thursday, Zaha Hadid Architects’ proposal for the King Abdullah Financial District was approved.

The UK-based design office has created a design utilising soft, fluid wave forms that provide shading to minimise solar gain. Its design also used solar gemoetric lattices along the facade to create a modern twist on the Mashrabiya found in traditional Arabic architecture.


The station is being built on the eastern end of the financial district – at the intersection between lines 4 and 6 and is close to both King Fahd Road and the Northern Ring Road.

The other two major station awards have gone to Germany’s Gerber Archtekten for the Olaya Metro Station and Norway’s Snohetta for the Downtown Metro (Qasr Al Hokm) station.


Gerber Architekten’s design for the Olaya Metro Station – between Olaya Street and King Fahd Road – includes a new public plaza which is integrated within a city centre development.

The station has a large, open entrance allowing visitors to see across all four storeys of the building, including two metro line levels, shops, food halls and a large concourse.


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