A new type of office building is adapted to climate and culture. The building is developed as a site specific, energy efficient, flexible 20-storey office tower.
Its a key element of the masterplan for the King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology (KACST), the Saudi Arabian national science agency and its national laboratories.
A group of stacked atria provides light deep into the structure and supports communication via views both horizontally and vertically while the core becomes a shading device facing east and west.
Together with the Fraunhofer Institute, LAVA used a voxel program distribution for the design and arrangement of the office spaces . Flexibility is defined as providing many specific qualities at each floor - in different areas. The density of the work force can be adjusted by rearranging modular office elements.
This integrated view of building mass, energy consumption and user interaction has created a forward looking high-rise design that is both cohesive and highly sustainable.
LAVA’s design demonstrates that the right environment not only encourages productivity and efficiency, but also promotes creativity and ideas.