As many other industries, the architectural industry is also an object of deep transformations towards a more sustainable future, such as eco-friendly materials and structures that take advantage of their surroundings.
This time the news come from Zaha Hadid Architects, who are designing an energy and environmental research campus in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Sustainability as its main milestone, the KAPSARC (that is King Abdullah Petroleum Studies and Research Center) will have a honeycomb cellular structure with courtyards that will minimize Saudi Arabia’s harsh climate.
To fight the high temperatures and desert winds, the innovative campus’s buildings will “turn their back to the sun”. As well, the courtyards will provide self-shading and they are designed to maximize natural light in the interiors.
The KAPSARC will generate its own renewable energy thanks to a photovoltaic array and all materials are made of recycled content or sourced in the surroundings. In addition, potable water will be recycled and reused inside the facilities.
Zaha Hadid Architects have designed an iconic 750,000 square foot structure that has already won the LEED Platinum certification issued by the US Green Building Council. Not only the campus itself is sustainable, but it will be the home of researchers exploring the potential of effective and productive energy use.
Zaha Hadid is not the only one designing avant-garde architecture. ICON is an Austin based construction company working on building houses using 3D-printing technology.
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