Strategically located along the airport road in Riyadh, the new ABB HQ is a small and dynamic office building adjacent to a major university campus. It consists primarily of class A office space and amazing atriums.
The stringent zoning code prescribed a smart massing form and dynamic floor plate design, which established a significant contemporary architectural presence and distinguishes the new office building from its immediate neighbors. Taking advantage of the unique massing, multiple voids and atria are introduced to break down the scale of a building that stretches over 200 metres in length. This results in an unconventional office building with no typical floor plans that provide unexpected indoor and outdoor experiences. These voids and atria allow the dynamic office spaces to be filled with natural daylight and improved natural air ventilation, while creating a porous and permeable interface along the main street. The vibrant landscaped public realm at the street level activates movement and exchange, encouraging interaction between the pedestrian and the building.