Video: King Abdullah Petroleum Studies and Research Center (KAPSARC) / Zaha Hadid Architects

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Here is a video about one of Zaha Hadid‘s latest project, King Abdullah Petroleum Studies and Research Center (KAPSRC) in , Saudi Arabia.  This project has a holistic approach unifying architecture and engineering, landscape and building artist expression and environmental responsive design.  It is intended to not only be a leading research facility, but also a certified building upon its completion.

We recently featured Zaha Hadid, as she won this years esteemed RIBA Stirling Prize for the design of the MAXXI National Museum in Rome. Full coverage of the RIBA Stirling Prize along with photographs of the MAXXI can be found here.

Also you can check our previous coverage of Saudi Arabai – in particular last year ArchDaily personally visited Saudi Arabia for the opening of the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, an international graduate-level research institution.  Photographs and a write up on KAUST here.

Cite: Minner, Kelly. "Video: King Abdullah Petroleum Studies and Research Center (KAPSARC) / Zaha Hadid Architects" 21 Oct 2010. ArchDaily. Accessed 27 May 2015. <>
  • sam75

    nice but I would like to see the microclimat created by the building used to grow more vegetation inside.

  • Timothy

    …and still, people in are being behaeded under the regime of King Abdullah. Interesting how Hadid is evolving her ideas in such a country. By the way: Hadid = whatyouseeiswhatyouget!

    • shameer

      Vr gud

  • up_today_arch

    It would be very interesting to see sections and others drawings… Sistem of water removing from the roof and constraction drawings…

  • Ohoud

    Her architecture is un human. That is a place/SPACE I would not like to work in:)

    • sam75

      what makes it “un human” in your opinion ?

  • Sam 88

    she’s got balls!

  • she got no balls

    is this a joke? Using so called avantgard architecture in a cynical way like this..enviromentaly friendly petroleum studies. This is greenwashing at it’s worst, it has nothing to do with sustainability.

  • shetu

    If we put the sustainability issue aside….it is an interesting complex with numbers of interesting spaces (as usual) and responsive to the climate also.

  • athraa eltayep

    very nice but i want to see laser research centre in germany >>please!