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Zaha Hadid Architects releases video highlighting KAPSARC’s architectural features

A new video showcasing Zaha Hadid Architects’ King Abdullah Petroleum Studies & Research Centre (KAPSARC) has been released by German photographer Hans Georg Esch.

The seven-minute video highlights the Riyadh-based project’s crystalline forms as the camera sweeps over its rugged terrain and takes viewers inside the building, revealing monochromatic interiors.

KAPSARC has recently been shortlisted for the World Architecture Festival Awards in the Completed Higher Education and Research category, among other projects based in the Middle East.

Completed in October 2017, it is ZHA’s first LEED-certified building, designed in response to the environment of the Riyadh Plateau to minimise energy consumption.

The modular structure, which features hexagonal prismatic honeycomb shapes, creates a composition of crystalline forms that seemingly emerge from the desert landscape.

It features a white latticed crystalline facade that acts as a solid protecting shell against the harsh, southern sunlight.

Read more about the project here.