The project entails four towers clustered on adjacent plots in the King Abdullah Financial District of Saudi Arabia. Within the district master plan
both high profile plots face a sunken wadi (valley) forming a primary pedestrian and landscape artery through development.
The four towers range in height
from 17 to 20 storeys and have been massed to maximise principle views to the wadi. On both sites the residential towers face the landscaped wadi lined
with retail programme at ground level. The offices towers have been located to the back of the site and the main vehicular traffic route. Each tower sits
on a three level mixed used podium and these are linked via sky-bridges to provide an elevated semi-conditioned link across the plots that will later connect
with buildings across the whole masterplan. The plots join below ground in a four level parking basement.
In compliance with the design regulations the facades
of the residential towers are highly articulated along the wadi forming a 3-dimensional composition of crests and valleys that will provide an animated an evolving
facade with the passage of time. This surface dissipates to a flattened representation away from the wadi.
The office tower facades are design with a facetted language
defining mega and secondary panels. The mega panels are overlaid with an external solar shading louvre system optimised to the suns path.Construction is expected
to be complete by the end of 2010.