King Saud bin Abdulaziz University for Health Sciences
Jeddah, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
Square Footage: 1,108,683 (103,000 square meters)
Merit Award, 2011
AIA, Orange County Chapter
With the vision to create economic opportunities and foster continuing higher education for both men and women, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia commissioned Perkins+Will, in collaboration with Dar Al-Handasah (Shair and Partners) to program, plan, design, and construct this new ground up medical University in Jeddah. The University creates a new ‘heart’, and an interdisciplinary education hub for students, practicing physicians, and researchers.
The program includes separate Colleges of Basic Science, Nursing/Applied Medical Sciences, Medicine, Clinical Skills, and the Deanship of Graduate Education, anchored with Research and an Administration/Auditorium/Campus Center as bookends. A prototype College was developed around a courtyard, then modified for program compliance and arrayed formally and axially with one another across a central Quad. College entries are always associated with garden environments that define each college. Multi-story lobbies with communicating stairs and student lounging areas welcome students and direct movement into the building. The primary circulation pathway follows the perimeter of the Quadrangle providing access into and through all colleges. Of key importance was integrating current gender separation balanced with future flexibility, and connectivity to the rest of the healthcare facilities existing nearby.