The headquarters is being developed in Riyadh. The office building is distributed across two interconnected plots resulting in a total GFA of ca. 33,000 m2 of Grade A office space with the main focus on an interior design suitable for a ministerial headquarter. The new complex integrates into the fine-grain urban fabric with pedestrian entrances and F&B destinations along the streets and laneways.
The architectural requirement of the building is to have a slab span of more than 200mts without an expansion joint. The next challenge was to design support for Adobe Walls. The client’s requirement was to have the basement room temperature be 8-10 degree Celsius less than the ambient temperature without using any refrigeration system.
Flat slabs with pour strips were designed incorporating temperature analysis to avoid the expansion joints and to give a clear soffit by avoiding a double-column grid. CMU block walls were provided and designed to support the adobe bricks and also to withstand against lateral loads. Since the project is located in the area where the ambient temperature is hot and dry and to comply with the client’s requirement basement fresh air fans were replaced with evaporative coolers. It was possible to reduce the temperature of the basement from 8 to 13 degree Celsius based on the time of year.