Prince Naif Center for Health Science Research

The Prince Naif Centre for Health Science Research is a new building designed for the largest university in Saudi Arabia, King Saud University, situated in the capital of Riyadh. The new Centre of 23,800 m2 comprises world-class research facilities, including facilities for research in cancer, molecular biology, genetics, infectious diseases and several other medical disciplines.

Inspired by a monolith, the building is placed on a podium, which roots the building in the urban, local context. The central Science Square is the heart of the building and features common functions such as lobby, café, library and lecture hall. Visual and physical contact connects the laboratories to the workstations on the open balconies. Thus, the design supports informal meetings and innovation across research areas.

The significant architectural cut of the northern facade marks the main entrance to the building and provides a view of the life in the Science Square. The remaining facades have a modern, sophisticated structure, which filters the strong daylight and reduces the need for cooling. The interplay between light and shadow provided by the facade contributes to creating a cool, light and vibrant atmosphere in the building.

YAMASAKI provided Technical Consulting in a collaborative effort with Henning Larsen Architects for this project.



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Troy, MI 48084


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