King Saud Bin Abdulaziz University
Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
The King Saud Bin Abdulaziz University for Health Sciences is a large-scale, multidisciplinary project on two sites in Saudi Arabia. Our team was tasked with landscape design and coordinating numerous district plans, design teams, and building programs into a seamlessly unified research university and hospital campus. Drawing inspiration from a small wadi, or stream channel, that crosses the Riyadh site, we established two green spines as a central organizing feature. One axis was developed into a pedestrian promenade, linking student and faculty housing to the academic core; the second axis defines a sequence of movements between academic and hospital districts. A series of gardens are overlaid on these spines, culminating with a great plaza at the center of the campus. The central plaza at the Riyadh was designed as formal gathering space for the university, a place for convocation and graduation. It is surrounded by a grove of date palm trees, which provide shady spaces for outdoor dining and informal meeting. The plaza’s paving design, derived from Islamic geometric patterns, holds a crescent shaped water feature oriented toward Mecca.