The new financial district will be an independent city in the Arabian capital of Riyadh. Providing jobs for 50,000 people over 5 million m2 will be developed on the 1.6 million m2 plot.
As part of the integrated sustainability of the masterplan the financial district will have public transportation in the form of a metro/monorail. The main buildings are linked together by four kilometers of air-conditioned footbridges – so-called skywalks – on 1st floor level. The skywalks are also designed by Henning Larsen Architects.
The design of the coming financial district is based on the idea of the traditional Arab city united with a modern urban metropolis. The masterplan brings together the financial institutions in a well-defined area where housing for approximately 8.000 residents as well as recreational and cultural opportunities help make the neighborhood vibrant and attractive at all hours of the day. Not least, the masterplan will receive a LEED certificate as many of the buildings will either be LEED Silver or LEED Gold certified.
Henning Larsen Architects is currently detailing the design of three of the district's significant buildings: the Gem, Villas in the Sky and Crystal Towers, presented below.
View also Henning Larsen Architects' presentation video of the King Abdullah Financial District.