King Fahad National Library Wins Its 10th Architectural Award

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Gerber Architekten architecture studio has won the 10th architectural award for their impressive King Fahad National Library project in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

This project sees Professor Eckhard Gerber and his Gerber Architekten team accomplishing one of the most important urban development and cultural projects in the capital, Riyadh. The design functions as the central driving force behind a piece of urban development and rearrangement, and combines the challenge of designing within the existing building stock with respect for Arabian culture. The symbolic cuboid shape of the new building surrounds the existing building on all sides, thus presenting the National Library as a new architectural image in the Riyadh cityscape without abandoning the old building, which now operates as an internal stack, making it the centre of knowledge within the new library as a whole. The square new building is covered by a filigree textile façade following traditional Middle Eastern architectural patterns and linking them with state of the art technology. – from Gerber Architekten

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Photos: King Fahad National Library © Gerber Architekten Fotograf: Christian Richters

Awards:

Meed Award 2014 – Social Project of the year
Meed Award 2014 – GCC Winner
Detail Preis 2014 – Nominee
WAW Award Façade 2014 – Short Listed
German Design Award 2014 – Special Mention
Iconic Award 2014 – Product Facades
International Architecture Design Award 2014
Ingenieurbaupreis des Deutschen Stahlbaus 2015
MIPIM Award 2015 – Finalist
Architizer A+ Award Architecture + Material 2015

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