The King Abdullah Financial District (KAFD) is Saudi Arabia’s most significant commercial real estate development currently under construction. KAFD will cover an area of 1.6 km², offering a mix of office space, hotels and serviced apartments sitting alongside museums, education and civic amenities. The integrated functionalities of library, tourist information, exhibition space, community services and informal communication zones will help the inhabitants, the employees and also the temporary visitor to get a better understanding of the development, its community and its cultural context. The building is divided between a lower open public area and an enclosed upper level which contains the library functions and provides shading for the levels below. The public areas connect the street level functions of the Financial District with the landscaped park (the “Wadi”) which runs through the site.

Gerber Architekten, Dortmund/Germany

Planning time
2011 − 2013

Construction time
2012 − 2014

Services by Werner Sobek
Structural engineering
Sustainability consultancy

44,000 m²

Rayadah Investment Company, Riad/Saudi Arabia

Gerber Architekten, Dortmund/Germany

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