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Tue 3.12.

King-Fahad National Library by Gerber Architekten (DE)

Posted by Walter Phillips on 03.12.2013 - Tagged as: , ,

King-Fahad National Library by Gerber Architekten, © Gerber Architekten, photo: Christian Richters

King-Fahad National Library by Gerber Architekten, © Gerber Architekten, photo: Christian Richters

After five years of construction Gerber Architekten has completed the conversion and extension of the national library of Riyadh, The King Fahad National Library, one of the most important cultural buildings in Saudi Arabia. The delicate textile facade, a defining element that provides protection from the sun, was inspired by traditional Middle Eastern design and consists of fabric triangles held in place with tension loaded steel cable.

 

 

King-Fahad National Library by Gerber Architekten, © Gerber Architekten, photo: Christian Richters

King-Fahad National Library by Gerber Architekten, © Gerber Architekten, photo: Christian Richters

“At first sight, the library seems to be a new building but actually it is an extension of the existing cruciform building.” says Gerber Architekten. “Instead of a simple extension, the existing building has been completely enclosed with a new façade at some distance from the original.”

 

King-Fahad National Library by Gerber Architekten, © Gerber Architekten, photo: Christian Richters

King-Fahad National Library by Gerber Architekten, © Gerber Architekten, photo: Christian Richters

“Not only was the required additional space created but also a respectful distance was maintained in order to give the existing building a dignified setting. The area which had been reserved for the extension is now used to create a public space to bind the library to its urban context.”

 

King-Fahad National Library by Gerber Architekten, © Gerber Architekten, photo: Christian Richters

King-Fahad National Library by Gerber Architekten, © Gerber Architekten, photo: Christian Richters

“The square new building encases the old library, which holds the archives like a treasure chest. The old roof will be a reading room, whereas its newly designed dome remains visible above the flat roof of the new building. A three-dimensional steel wire construction serves as an external sun protection. Its white membrane interprets Arabic traditions technologically and culturally in a modern way.”

 

King-Fahad National Library by Gerber Architekten, © Gerber Architekten, photo: Christian Richters

King-Fahad National Library by Gerber Architekten, © Gerber Architekten, photo: Christian Richters

 

King-Fahad National Library by Gerber Architekten, © Gerber Architekten, photo: Christian Richters

King-Fahad National Library by Gerber Architekten, © Gerber Architekten, photo: Christian Richters

 

King-Fahad National Library by Gerber Architekten, © Gerber Architekten, photo: Christian Richters

King-Fahad National Library by Gerber Architekten, © Gerber Architekten, photo: Christian Richters

 

King-Fahad National Library by Gerber Architekten, © Gerber Architekten, photo: Christian Richters

King-Fahad National Library by Gerber Architekten, © Gerber Architekten, photo: Christian Richters

 

Competition: 2002 – 1st Prize
Construction period: 2008 – 2013
Client: Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
Architecture: Gerber Architekten
Interior Design : Gerber Architekten
Landscape Architecture : Gerber Architekten in cooperation with Kienle Planungsgesellschaft
Design: Eckhard Gerber
Project director/Project manager: Thomas Lücking
Project team:
Dipl. Ing. Britta Alker
Dipl.-Ing. Olaf Ballerstedt
Dipl. Ing. Carolin Balkenhol
Dipl. Ing. Hans Christoph Bittner
Dipl. Ing. Markus Görtz
Dipl. Ing. Juana Grunwald
Dipl.-Ing. Thomas Helms
Dipl. Ing. Nicole Juchems
Dipl. Ing. Alexandra Kranert
Dipl.-Ing. René Koblank
Dipl.-Ing. Nils Kummer
Dipl.-Ing. Stefan Lemke
Dipl. Ing. Jörg Schöneweis
Dipl. Ing. Van Hai Nguyen
Gross floor area: 86 632 m²
Cost: 330 588 000 SR
Cost per square meter: 3800 SR / m²

 

to the Gerber Architekten website

 

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