Zaha Hadid Designs an Otherworldly Laboratory at Riyadh's Desert

Modular structures and geometric motifs.

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From its New York City condo project to its Melbourne tower, Zaha Hadid Architects continues to spearhead unconventional building designs. The renowned firm’s latest project centers upon a laboratory located in the desert of Riyadh. Titled King Abdullah Petroleum Studies and Research Center, the massive establishment is predominantly dedicated to analyzing chemical compounds made from petroleum. More precisely, “studying the technological, economic and environmental impacts of energy,” said KAPSARC in a statement.

A slew of modular structures makes up the layout of the research center. Not to mention, geometric motifs culled from Islamic tradition are observed on the walls and ceilings. Additionally, a musalla (an open space meant for prayer) is constructed right outside the building. Wallpaper* notes that it “is the country’s very first prayer space to be designed by a woman. Proof that Zaha Hadid is still having a posthumous influence on design.”

Take a look at the photos of the KAPSARC above and head over to Zaha Hadid Architects’ official website to learn more about the project.

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