Representing a novel and custom approach to Sustainable design and construction, the new Saudi Electricity Company Headquarters is intended to become a groundbreaking landmark in the evolution of Riyadh’s Architectural story. Omrania & Associates has developed a strategy that addresses the priorities and long term challenges that the Saudi Electrical Company as sole providers of energy for the Kingdom faces.

 

This strategy is focused on the four central fields of Sustainability: economic, social, environmental, and cultural. Themes are drawn from existing pro-forma models such as LEED, the UAE’s Estidama, and BREEAM. It comprises 38 separate initiatives that provide a benchmark for Sustainable design and construction in Saudi Arabia, that stand to comparison with other international metrics.

The Saudi Electricity Company Headquarters comprises a single city block size campus of four main office buildings, unified by a central podium structure. This podium is the functional and spatial heart of this development, connecting employees from within the four office buildings with each other, and providing access to shared amenities and landscaped recreation roof space.  The four main office buildings comprise a horseshoe floorplate surrounding a common, multi-floor enclosed atrium. Open plan floorplates offer highly efficient, flexible and easily adaptable work environments with up to 190 employees per floor with differing operational scenarios.  The atria allow natural light into the floorplates of the offices, and serve as social hubs.