Saudi landmark wins design excellence award

Saudi landmark wins design excellence award
The structure of the institution has a futuristic feel and resembles a living organism. (Supplied)
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Updated 07 December 2020

Saudi landmark wins design excellence award

Saudi landmark wins design excellence award
  • KAPSARC gained the title of “smartest building” in the Kingdom from the Honeywell Smart Building Awards program

JEDDAH: One of the most famous landmarks in the Kingdom’s capital has won a prestigious award for its unique and innovative architectural design.
Designed by Zahra Hadid Architects (ZHA), the King Abdullah Petroleum Studies and Research Center (KAPSARC) has received the American Concrete Institute (ACI) award for concrete construction excellence.
The hexagonal prismatic honeycomb structure of the institution has a futuristic feel and resembles a living organism. Walking through the campus grounds, the exterior of the building and hexagonal cell openings of the ceiling provide shelter from the harsh sun, but also soft shadows and shade.
The five different KAPSARC buildings are linked by an enormous design of hexagonal honeycomb units, supporting the energy computer center, the energy knowledge center, a conference center with an exhibition space and an auditorium, a research library and a space for prayer.
The design has solid technical and environmental considerations at its heart, unifying the five elements of the campus into one.
With 30 percent of materials made with recycled content, the crystalline form, angled to protect from sun heat to the south and open onward to the north and west, acts in a way like a growing live cell that responds to the environment it is in. It uses prismatic cells, known as “wind catchers,” to redirect winds from the north through the open space.
The building is made of extremely complex steel, said Saudi architect Mukhtar Al-Shoaibi.

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• The five different KAPSARC buildings are linked by an enormous design of hexagonal honeycomb units.

• The design has solid technical and environmental considerations at its heart, unifying the five elements of the campus into one.

“The contractor working on the job must have gone through so much to install the joints and then apply the sheets over it and now it acts as a monument in the Kingdom,” he told Arab News.
“ZHA projects have always been unique and creative in an unprecedented, nontraditional way. There’s no other structure like it in the entire world,” he added.
The Saudi expert likened Hadid’s work to the Kingdom’s favorite anime, Grendizer. He said a lot of her works reminded him of themes of outer space where she applies concrete “in an unconventional way.”
In this particular work with KAPSARC, he said the design resembled an intricate iron skeleton web.
“We congratulate the Kingdom on this award. Riyadh is a beautiful city with many structures to be celebrated, including King Abdullah Financial City and ZHA’s train station.”
However, what Al-Shoaibi is most looking forward to are the upcoming Saudi talents brimming with creativity and promise.
Saudi architects have also been attracting several awards in the field, including the Aga Khan Award for Architecture, he said.
“I’m proud to see Saudis accomplish that. There are many more major projects coming up in the Kingdom as well, and I can’t wait to see what they’ll present,” he added.
KAPSARC gained the title of “smartest building” in the Kingdom from the Honeywell Smart Building Awards program. As a nonprofit organization that promotes sustainability, it uses resources to find efficient energy solutions and solve energy challenges and environmental problems.
The ACI awards are dedicated to prestigious and creative projects to create an international space for concrete excellence, innovation and technology.


Second doses and safety fears: Popular Saudi doctor posts COVID-19 vaccine video

Second doses and safety fears: Popular Saudi doctor posts COVID-19 vaccine video
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Second doses and safety fears: Popular Saudi doctor posts COVID-19 vaccine video

Second doses and safety fears: Popular Saudi doctor posts COVID-19 vaccine video
  • ‘If a person could not get the second dose within 42 days, he or she can still get it after six weeks without having to repeat the first dose,’ says Dr. Nezar

JEDDAH: The latest someone can receive their second dose of the coronavirus vaccine is six weeks after having the first one, a Saudi doctor popular for his COVID-19 social media posts has said.
Infectious diseases consultant Dr. Nezar Bahabri has gained a massive following for his clear and accessible information about the disease, and he tweeted a video to raise awareness about the vaccine as the Kingdom continued its inoculation campaign. 
“If a person, for one reason or another, could not get the second dose within 42 days, he or she can still get it after six weeks without having to repeat the first dose,” he said.
Bahabri, who contracted coronavirus in August and remained under medical care for nearly three weeks, explained that the body began producing antibodies from seven to 10 days after a person received the first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.
The consultant said that if someone became infected after receiving the first dose then they should wait for three months before taking another.
“When someone takes the first dose, the antibodies upsurge the body’s immunity to the virus to up to 50 percent, and that can help have less severe symptoms. After the period of 90 days, the infected person can register with the Ministry of Health for vaccination. Tests then can decide if they should take one dose or two.”
In another video he appeared at one of the vaccination centers, accompanying his mother who was receiving her second vaccine shot.
Bahabri, who won an outstanding performance award from the University of British Columbia in 2008, also had advice for those who were undecided about the vaccine.
“Hundreds of thousands of people in Saudi Arabia have received the vaccine over the last month. Thank God, all we heard about them was good and promising.”
He said that more than 20,000 people had volunteered to receive the vaccine three months before the results of its effectiveness were published.
“So far, more than 30 million people around the world have received the vaccine. One should not worry. It has now been nearly six months since the 20,000 people who volunteered to get the vaccine after it was introduced. Most complications occur in four weeks. If the drug was not safe, we could have surely heard about any negative consequences.”
He said that Saudi Arabia’s leadership had set a good example in reassuring people about the vaccine’s safety.
The country on Thursday reported four new COVID-19-related deaths. The death toll has reached 6,342. There were 212 new cases reported, bringing the total to 365,775. There are 2,096 active cases and 326 of these are in a critical condition.
The Ministry of Health said 83 of the newly recorded cases were in Riyadh, there were 39 in the Eastern Province, 35 in Makkah, and 21 in Madinah.
There have been a further 160 recoveries, bringing the total to 357,337.
Saudi Arabia has so far conducted more than 11.87 million PCR tests, with 52,105 carried out in the past 24 hours.