Unless you happened to visit the King Abdullah Petroleum Studies and Research Centre (KAPSARC) when it opened to the public for Saudi Design Week, not many have been able to enjoy the Zaha Hadid Architects masterpiece up close. But now, a gorgeous video by German photographer Hans Georg Esch showcases the research center in all its glory.
Over the course of 7 minutes, viewers are brought along for an unprecedented look at the work. From sweeping, bird’s-eye views over the geometric, undulating roof to glimpses of the sleek, modern interiors, the video is an incredible look at the ZHA’s first LEED platinum building. The sprawling 17-acre campus was created from a modular design that easily allows for expansion.
Canopied courtyards, geometric cutouts in the facade, and open plans contribute to the building’s layered effect, one that was conceived to build transparency between the visiting public and the researchers. KAPSARC, which was one of several designs by Zaha Hadid prior to her passing, was recently shortlisted in the Higher Education and Research category of the 2018 World Architecture Festival awards.