Faced with the development of a mixed-use complex in the city of Al Khobar on the coast of the hot and dry kingdom of Saudi Arabia, AVCI architects have chosen the only option which made any sense whatsoever. That is to incorporate the two things most seldom seen in the kingdom, namely water and greenery, in their bid to combat the unbearable heat and create a cool microclimate in an area surrounded by desert.
To reach their goal in achieving heat gain reduction naturally, London and Istanbul-based AVCI plan to use greenery in as many open areas in, around, and even on top of the buildings which comprise the 60,000 square meter development set to house a hotel, a mosque, restaurants, and an array of residential, retail and office space.
Extra Attention Paid To Site Placement And Building Massing
To maximize the effectiveness of heat gain reduction, extra attention has also been paid to the site placement and building massing, and the inclusion of shading elements on the facades and in the decorative enclosed balconies and pergolas opening off residential units.