There are many architectural beauties around the Middle East, and today I’m writing about one of the great ones.
King Abdullah Petroleum Studies and Research Center in Riyadh is quite the architectural feat! And – its futuristic style complements the progressive work that goes on inside – 40% of the center’s workforce are women. Its facilities are currently still under construction, but much of the work is already finished. This is the first project outside of North America to be awarded a LEED for Homes certification, and also the first large project anywhere in the world to achieve this certification.
The center was designed by Zaha Mohammad Hadid, an Iraqi-British architect. She received the Pritzker Architecture Prize in 2004—the first woman to do so—and the Stirling Prize in 2010 and 2011. Her buildings are unique and futuristic, powerful, portraying the chaos of modern life.
Take a look at the photos and enjoy the crazy geometrical, out of this world lines and sunlight crawling and playing inside the building, on its walls and floors.