Major mixed use business center in western Saudi Arabia, SOM Building in KSA, Architects, Image

King Abdullah Economic City : KSA Development

Saudi Arabian Business Center Development – design by Skidmore Owings Merrill, architects

page updated 24 Sep 2017

King Abdullah Economic City KSA

Saudi Arabia
Date: 2006-2020
Masterplanning Design: SOM Architects

Client: Emaar

King Abdullah Economic City, Saudi Arabia
image : SOM

Designed by American architect Marshall Strabala, the King Abdullah Economic City is a major mixed use business center totaling 1.1 million square meters (12 million square feet) to be built in western Saudi Arabia. Strabala designed the master plan for the city as an Associate Partner in Charge of Design at Skidmore Owings Merrill LLP.

Construction has begun and is expected to continue till about 2020.

Part of a consortium led by SOM architects, BuroHappold Engineering was commissioned to review an existing masterplan and address how the client could secure a good economic return from substantial investments already made in the new city’s infrastructure and utilities supply. It was important that the city was responding effectively to national and international drivers, with an efficient, phaseable new concept masterplan that was in tune with the natural environment.

With its port on the Red Sea and its station linking it to the Haramain railway, KAEC offers the best possible trade and transport links in Saudi Arabia. The scheme also includes expansive areas dedicated to housing, including coastal and downtown zones.

Skidmore Owings Merrill Architects (SOM) / Marshall Strabala Architect

Location: western Saudi Arabia

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image courtesy of architects
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King Fahd International Stadium in Riyadh
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Design: ECHO Architecture
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Design: Urban Art Projects
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