KAPSARC Master Plan and Community Mosque Projects Win Awards
The King Abdullah Petroleum Studies and Research Center Residential Community (KAPSARC) Master Plan and the Community Mosque each were honored.
This 2.05-million-sq.-ft. residential community supports the King Abdullah Petroleum Studies and Research Center’s international staff and their families. This visionary energy research hub, located between King Khalid International Airport and the city of Riyadh, attracts researchers and staff members from throughout the world. The design includes 10 community buildings (three apartment buildings with retail, library, dining hall, recreation center, natatorium, mosque, supermarket and bowling alley), a 200-house residential community (including 11 house types) and four main utility buildings.
Additionally, the KAPSARC Community Mosque received a “Best of Best – Public Architecture” 2016 ICONIC AWARD from the German Design Council.
Surrounded by a reflective pool, the mosque is elevated three feet above the adjacent outdoor spaces. This pool glows at night, creating the illusion that the building is levitating over water. Worshipers enter the mosque by climbing floating stone steps and traversing a glass bridge over the reflective pool. As a monolithic core perforated with a pattern of glowing windows and surrounded by glass, the mosque’s appearance changes from day to night. During the day, the shadows from the complex mullion patterns travel over the inner stone facade, creating a dynamic experience that varies by season. At night, the glass box acts like a lantern washed with light at the bottom and punctuated with points of light near the top.
Roger Schwabacher, AIA, LEED AP, (left), senior project designer in HOK’s Washington, D.C., office, accepts the ICONIC AWARD for architecture for the KAPSARC Community Mosque on Oct. 4, 2016, at the BMW Welt Exhibition Centre in Munich, Germany.