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King Fahad Medical City (KFMC) is located in the heart of Riyadh and is considered the largest and most advanced medical complex in the Middle East. Designed as a new gateway to the area, KFMC exudes a welcoming serenity that draws inspiration from cultural and regional influences. The vast medical campus integrates architecture, technology, interiors and landscape into a humanistic design while respecting culture and context to create Centers of Excellence that inspire confidence and impact the well-being of patients, family and staff. It is a sheltered and refreshing oasis that mitigates influences of the harsh climate and intense sunlight.
The Vision and Design
The architectural footprint for the Centers of Excellence is minimized within the original campus development to balance the owner’s desire for a monumental landmark, green oasis experience and sustainable site. LEED principles fuse with design concepts. Materials and resources are respectfully managed and the selected indoor quality environment creates a healthy healing place and culturally resonant experience.
Envisioned as a landmark gateway, the Medical City expansion draws inspiration from cultural and regional influences. Gentle façade undulations evoke images of fingers of sand and water mixing. Inspired by date palm leaves as viewed from above, the pattern for the gateway screen and the atrium roof provides comforting shade and diffused light. The sculptural forms of the proton center translate the pattern into a powerful landmark, as the palm leaf pattern becomes a symbol of hope and healing in the campus transformation.
The strategy for clustered consolidation and vertical expansion enables respectful site development for space allocation between building footprint and vegetated open space. A park-like setting is created above a two-story, one thousand space subterranean parking garage. The landscape experience balances desert and urban surroundings with natural and formal layers. Desert-scape materials transition to integration of regional botanicals featuring date palm alleys, refined hedges, shade trellises, metal screens, sculpture, water channels, terraces and water garden. The park becomes a destination for two-way community connectivity for neighbors as well as patients, families and staff to enjoy shaded daytime and cool evening outdoor experiences.