Riyadh Metro station designs revealed

ZAHA HADID KAFD METRO Exterior compressed (Supplied)

The Arriyadh Development Authority (ADA) has selected the winning designs for Riyadh Metro’s three main stations.

These iconic stations will transform Riyadh streets as they become the most visible elements of the city’s new world-class public transport system. By providing tranquil oases for travel, shopping and dining, these stations will place Riyadh Metro at the heart of city life.

The winning designs and architecture consultancies are:

•         Gerber Architekten from Germany for Olaya Metro Station

•         Snohetta from Norway for Downtown Metro Station (Qasr Al Hokm)

•         Zaha Hadid from the United Kingdom for King Abdullah Financial District Metro Station

The winning designs were selected for their outstanding conceptual thinking and powerful design.  Each of the stations creates a modern landmark for the city, as well as supporting the technical requirements of Riyadh Metro.

The Riyadh Public Transportation network is the world’s largest urban transport project in development. It includes six underground, elevated and at-grade metro lines, three Bus Rapid Transit lines, a circular city-centre bus route and community bus services. Park and ride facilities will serve many of the stations around the city. In total, Riyadh Metro will have 85 stations, plus over 500 stops on the bus network.

Khalid Hazzani, Director at the Arriyadh Development Authority, said: “The selection of station designs is an exciting milestone for Riyadh Metro. These iconic landmarks will transform the city streetscape. They will not only provide elegant interchanges for one of the most advanced public transport systems in the world, but also provide new public spaces for shopping, eating and working.

“Riyadh Metro is benefitting from world-leading design expertise, ensuring Riyadh remains at the forefront of sustainable urban design.”

The ADA appointed Gerber Architekten from Germany to design Riyadh Metro’s main station at the intersection of Metro Lines 1 and 2. The station will be located between Olaya Street and King Fahad Road, close to the Kingdom Tower and King Abdullah Road.

The station design creates a new public plaza integrated within an iconic city-centre development. Inside the station, a large, open entrance hall allows visitors to see across all four storeys of the building, including the two metro lines, a mezzanine level with shops and food halls, and an open concourse housing the ticket barriers.

Snohetta from Norway has been appointed to design the main Downtown station at the intersection of Al Madinah Al Munnawarah Street and King Faisal Street, in the Al Doho quarter. The station will serve as a transfer point between Metro Lines 1 and 3, as well as integrating with the bus network, like all the main stations.

The Downtown station design is a model of sustainable development, with a large canopy creating a shaded plaza and allowing natural light to filter to the underground concourse. The station also respectfully houses Eid Mosque at the south-west corner.

Zaha Hadid from the United Kingdom has been appointed to design the main station at King Abdullah Financial District (KAFD), at the intersection of Metro Lines 4 and 6. The station is situated at the eastern edge of the district, close to the Northern Ring Road and just west of King Fahad Road.

Inside and out, the design replicates soft, fluid wave forms, creating an impressive aesthetic whilst also minimising solar gain [heat transfer]. Geometric latticework covers the building facade, creating a modern twist on the Mashrabiya found in traditional Arabic architecture.

Riyadh Metro is the vision of Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King of Saudi Arabia, King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud. It is being developed by the Arriyadh Development Authority [ADA], the government body responsible for the planning and development of Riyadh. The ADA was selected for its experience of delivering a number of award-winning projects around the city, including the Diplomatic Quarter, which houses most of the Riyadh-based embassies, the world acclaimed Wadi Hanifah regeneration project, as well as a historic village of Atturaif, a UNESCO World Heritage site.

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