King Abdullah Financial District metro station’s futuristic facade is inspired by desert wind patterns
Zaha Hadid-designed King Abdullah Financial District (KAFD) metro station in Riyadh is one of the major urban infrastructure projects currently being built in Saudi Arabia. It will serve as one of the key interchanges on the capital city’s metro network on line 1 and the terminus of lines 4 and 6.
The 45,000m2 complex will include four above ground levels and two underground levels, which will be integrated within the context of the financial district. One of the highlights of the upcoming metro station is the facade, inspired by the patterns generated by desert winds.
The façade has been design-engineered by well-known British building engineering technology company, Newtecnic. It will reduce heat absorption and produce air currents that help cool the building. Working with advanced algorithms to achieve a high level of performance, the company also invented new and purpose-built adjustable building components and techniques for the structure’s self-supporting, 650-foot-long concrete-composite walls and roof, resulting in an undulating and futuristic facade.
The KAFD Metro Hub is part of Riyadh’s new transport network that comprises six metro lines, 85 stations, and more than 100 miles of track. The project is slated for completion in 2018.