Applying Bentley Architecture and Generative Components has provided us with the opportunity to test a variety of architectural solutions just as it has ensured a geometry that can be implemented on site. In addition, the use of Bentley software has ensured consistency and a high level of quality through the entire project from sketch to detailed design. It has made it possible to quickly and effectively achieve the outlined objective even in a large project team put together at a short notice. With a team of consultants and a client working from different places in the world, the digital process and communication is essential in terms of ensuring that all parties across professional fields are well-informed about the course of the project.
The project is one of the buildings in a international competiton first prize that Henning LArsen Architects won in 2006. â€™Villas in the Skyâ€™ is a mixed-use 34-storey tower placed at a unique location in the King Abdullah Financial District in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Type of assignment: Commision Situated as one of the last buildings in the green thoroughfare, the Wadi, and in a transition zone between the public square and the Wadi, the tower will become a strong local landmark. The form imitates the structural ideal of a high-rise building. It is a polygon with four equal sides allowing for very flexible spaces. The shifted upper plates create a jagged facade that visually differentiates the various programmes in the mixed-use building. The first three stories are dedicated to retail and connected to the Wadi, ground level and the footbridges, the Skywalks, for easy access and optimal connection for users. The next 14 stories are programmed as office space and the top 12 floors house 22 residential units. The curtain wall glass facade has angled panels to allow the use of more transparent glazing oriented towards the ground, while a sloping light-coloured cladding provides a shaded interior and reduces the energy consumption of the building. The building is designed to achieve a LEED Certification upon completion.