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The King Abdulla Financial District Metro Station, Riyadh by Zaha Hadid.

Images: Zaha Hadid Architects.

Saudi Arabia's capital,Riyadh, will get a new metro station serving its financial district designed by Zaha Hadid Architects, it has been announced. The interchange will serve three lines and will provide access to the monorail via a skybridge. There will be six platforms arranged over 4 floors with two levels of underground car parking.

An interesting aspect about the scheme is that it seeks to extend the simple station typology to create an important and dynamic public space for the city.

The design is at the centre of a network of pathways, and has been developed to allow optimal transfer through the station whilst avoiding congestion. The so called “sine waves” on the exterior, directly relate to the primary internal circulation patterns, thus manifesting the architectural concept on to the building envelope.

The station will be completed in 4 years as directed by King Abdulla.

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