Nikken Sekkei reveals design of 338m Riyadh Tower project

22 September 2014 (Last Updated September 22nd, 2014 18:30)

Japanese architecture firm Nikken Sekkei has revealed the design of the 338m mixed-use Riyadh Tower to be built in the Olaya business district in the Saudi capital.

Riyadh Tower

Japanese architecture firm Nikken Sekkei has revealed the design of the 338m mixed-use Riyadh Tower to be built in the Olaya business district in the Saudi capital.

The 73-storey 'crystal and light' structure will house a five-star hotel with indoor and outdoor swimming pools in addition to office space, retail outlets, 38 one to four-bedroom serviced apartments, 228 private residences and several penthouses.

At the top of the structure will be a Sky Palace apartment, Sky Restaurant and Cigar Lounge, claimed to offer panoramic views across the capital.

"The tower [will be] crowned by crystal-shaped forms that reflect the colour of the sky transforming from blue to golden orange and then midnight blue, as day turns to night."

Nikken Sekkei MENA regions, CIS and India regional manager Dr Fadi Jabri said: "This design combines the two main themes of crystal and light, with the tower being crowned by crystal-shaped forms that reflect the colour of the sky transforming from blue to golden orange and then midnight blue, as day turns to night.

"It is simply unrivalled in all aspects of its design.

"We wanted to design an innovative, distinctive, authentic, inspirational building that would become a sustainable, quality landmark in its own right, simply put, the best high-rise building in Saudi Arabia."

Nikken Sekkei won the Riyadh Tower design contract over six international firms selected from the initial 32 prequalified companies.

The Japanese architectural firm has also won the design and engineering consultancy contract for the new Saudi Stock Exchange headquarters.


Image: Nikken Sekkei's Riyadh Tower project. Photo: courtesy of Nikken Sekkei/Zawya.