Hayy Assafarat Landscaping - Aga Khan Award for Architecture
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Hayy Assafarat Landscaping

Hayy Assafarat Landscaping
Location: Riyadh, Saudi Arabia (Arabian Peninsula)
Architect: Bödeker-Wagenfeld & Partner Abroad
Client: Arriyadh Development Authority
Completed: 1986
Site size: 2'050'000 m²

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Hayy Assafarat Landscaping Project Brief

The developed area is a governmental and ambassadorial precinct that includes, in addition to embassies, consulates and various related structures, residential areas for officials and diplomats, as well as public space and secluded picnic areas for the citizens of Riyadh. The multi-lane, clover-leafed expressway that borders the development to the east and south is screened by intensive and concentrated landscaping. The Al-Kindi Plaza lies between two secondary roads that form an arc dividing the development in two roughly equal segments. These roads are lined with contiguous buildings designed as a linear development, interrupted by courtyards, open spaces and a maidan, part of the plaza. The jury considered Al-Kindi Plaza to be an ideal model for cities in Islamic and Arab societies for having attractively preserved the traditional link between the mosque and the other public services of the city.

1989 Award Recipients