Soaring 1,260 feet above the city, the 80-story PIF Tower is the tallest of the five structures that make up the financial plaza of the King Abdullah Financial District. The building symbolizes the dawn of a new era of financial leadership within Saudi Arabia’s capital city.
Representing timelessness and openness, the tower’s transparency relates to the crystals found along the wadis in the Saudi Arabian desert. This creates internal openness and provides access to natural light within the workplace.
A high-performance solar control system moderates the intense Saudi light and heat. An external layer of fins, gantries and perforated panels provides shade, amplifying the thermal efficiency of the triple-pane, unitized glazing. Together, these shading devices minimize solar gain and internal cooling loads, reducing HVAC requirements. Electrical energy is reclaimed through a photovoltaic array installation on the tower’s roof.
The hexagonal-shaped plan tapers inward and outward, providing clear-span floor plates that range from 26,000 square feet to 28,000 square feet. The podium structure at the tower’s base integrates public circulation with private amenity spaces, including dining facilities and a two-story auditorium.
HOK designed the tower, which is expected to achieve LEED Gold certification, in collaboration with Omrania & Associates.