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Assila HQ in Riyadh, KSA

15 January 2024

Design: Peter Ruge Architekten

Location: King Khalid Road, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

Assila HQ Riyadh KSA

Photos by Laurian Ghinitoiu

Assila HQ, Saudi Arabia

Riyadh is Saudi Arabia’s capital and the largest city in the country with a population of 7.7 million. It belongs to the historical region of Najd / Al-Yamama and is in the centre of a large plateau in the Arabian Peninsula.

Assila HQ Riyadh KSA

Assila HQ Riyadh KSA

The Assila HQ is located in the western part of the city near the diplomatic neighbourhood of Al Safarat with numerous embassies and residential complexes. On the east side of the property is King Khalid Road, where direct access to Dewaniya and the underground car park are located. On the north side, a mosque is located on the opposite, with the driveway to the headquarters and its offices.

Assila Headquarters Riyadh KSA

Assila Headquarters Riyadh KSA

The new building comprises two main functions: Administration with a Dewaniya and offices, as well as an under-ground car park.
The building is based on the rectangular shape of the plot with two full storeys, a mezzanine and a basement. Based on the analysis of traditional architectural forms and the local climatic conditions, the new building has an inner court-yard for natural ventilation and lighting.

Assila Headquarters Riyadh KSA

At the same time, various functions are arranged around the central courtyard for intuitive orientation within the building. The building volume was divided horizontally at an angle and the two parts were shifted to each other. The upper part was shifted to create a naturally shaded entrance area to the Dewaniya.

Assila HQ Riyadh Saudi Arabia

The ground floor houses the Dewaniya with a spacious reception, majlis and dining area, as well as a separate entrance lobby for the offices. The offices, meeting rooms and a canteen are located on the upper floors.

Assila HQ Riyadh Saudi Arabia

The façades are clad with typical local sandstone slabs in 3 different colours – beige, yellow and white. Vertical louvres clad in sandstone with different orientations depending on the direction of the sky and the position of the sun serve as sun protection in front of the glass façades. At the same time, the slats structure and give rhythm to the façades thus forming an important architectural element.

Assila Headquarters Riyadh KSA

The outdoor areas were laid out in different ways – partly covered with stone slabs and complemented with rock gardens and desert plants, and groups of palm trees in contrast to partially green lawns. The inner courtyard is also paved with stone slabs and can be flooded with water.

Assila HQ Riyadh Saudi Arabia

Assila HQ Riyadh Saudi Arabia

Assila HQ in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

Project Title: Assila HQ
Client: Assila Investments
Architect: Peter Ruge Architekten ([email protected]) –
Site area: 6470 sqm
Gross Floor area: 12,230 m2
Location: Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
Status: Built
Project start date: 2015
Cost: –
Collaborators: Wilson Associates (Singapore) for Interior

Assila HQ Riyadh KSA

Photograper: Laurian Ghinitoiu

Assila HQ, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia images / information received 150124

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