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Zaha Hadid Architects reveals honeycomb-like oil research centre in Riyadh

The huge building was designed by London-based Zaha Hadid Architects to provide facilities for researchers investigating the transition towards more sustainable power sources in one of the most oil-rich countries in the world.

With a mission to research the most effective use of energy, the King Abdullah Petroleum Studies and Research Centre (KAPSARC) has been designed to achieve a LEED Platinum sustainability certification.

“Hexagonal prismatic honeycomb structures use the least material to create a lattice of cells within a given volume,” explained the studio.

Zaha Hadid Architects reveals honeycomb-like oil research centre in Riyadh

“This structural and organisational principle determined KAPSARC’s composition as an amalgamation of crystalline forms that emerges from the desert landscape, evolving to best respond to the environmental conditions and internal programme requirements.”

Zaha Hadid Architects reveals honeycomb-like oil research centre in Riyadh

Zaha Hadid Architects reveals honeycomb-like oil research centre in Riyadh

Zaha Hadid Architects reveals honeycomb-like oil research centre in Riyadh

Zaha Hadid Architects reveals honeycomb-like oil research centre in Riyadh

Zaha Hadid Architects reveals honeycomb-like oil research centre in Riyadh

Zaha Hadid Architects reveals honeycomb-like oil research centre in Riyadh

Zaha Hadid Architects reveals honeycomb-like oil research centre in Riyadh