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Zaha Hadid to construct new metro station in Saudi Arabia

16 May 2013 (Last Updated May 16th, 2013 18:30)

Zaha Hadid Architects has secured a contract from the ArRiyadh Development Authority to construct the new 20,434m² King Abdullah Financial District (KAFD) Metro Station in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

KAFD Metro Station

Zaha Hadid Architects has secured a contract from the ArRiyadh Development Authority to construct the new 20,434m² King Abdullah Financial District (KAFD) Metro Station in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

After completion, the KAFD metro station will serve as an interchange between three of the city’s six new metro lines.

The KAFD Metro Station will feature six platforms over four public floors and two levels of underground car parking

The local monorail can also be accessed from the station through a skybridge.

Zaha Hadid said the KAFD Metro Station will be ‘integrated within the urban context of the financial district, responding to the functional requirements for a multimodal transport centre and the district’s future vision’.

The station will also be connected to the surrounding district by pathways and skybridges and create a ‘multi-functional public space’.

The walls and roof of the building are designed to appear as a series of waves connected with curved Mashrabiya screens.

Zaha Hadid describes it as a three-dimensional lattice defined by a sequence of opposing sine-waves.

The sine-waves will be extended to the station’s envelope and affiliated to its internal layout, translating the architectural concept to the exterior.

Riyadh Governor Khaled bin Bander said the project is progressing to plan and the ArRiyadh Development Authority has released details of the city’s public transport plan, including the six metro lines that will serve as the backbone for public transport in the city.

The KAFD Metro Station is expected to be completed in four years.

Zaha Hadid beat off competition from Henning Larsen Architects and HOK to secure the contract.

Other stations on the rail network will be designed by Norway-based architectural firm Snøhetta and German firm Gerber Architekten.


Image: The metro station will be situated on the edge of the King Abdullah Financial District. Photo: Courtesy of Zaha Hadid Architects.