Gem Building

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The Gem has a mixed-use programme: three separate buildings include a residential block, an office block and a multi-purpose podium with a terrace overlooking the garden - this is linked to the green pedestrian thoroughfare of the district.

The cluster of gems creates spaces for fluid, flexible circulation around and through the buildings. As a small-scale icon, the form and intimate scale of the building provide a unique destination and meeting place; the facades enhance the expression of the building and creates shaded retreats from the desert sun.

Wrapping the faceted exterior, a high quality metal mesh fabric provides solar protection and weather-resistance to local sandstorms. In addition, the geometry and siting of the building creates shade between the volumes. Combined with sitewide strategies for water-efficiency and reclamation, the energy efficient technologies support several sustainable initiatives. The building is designed to achieve LEED Certification upon completion.

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Project facts

Project facts

Location: Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
Client: Saudi Binladen Group
Gross floor area: 33,500 m2
Year of construction: 2009 - 2013
Type of assignment: Commission
Landscape: Henning Larsen Architects
Consultant (landscape): Schul Landscape Architects
Structural Engineers: Thornton Tomasetti
MEP: Hoare Lea Consulting Engineers
Quantity Surveyors: Geoffrey Barnett Associates
Certifications: Pursuing LEED Certified

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  • Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

Contact

Partner, Architect MAA
jk@henninglarsen.com
Phone: +45 8233 3069
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Phone: +45 8231 3160
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