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How the Economic and Cultural Condition of the Area Influenced the Building Design

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Jorge Barrero of HKS takes us through the schematic design phase of Prince Sattam University teaching hospital in Al-Karj, Saudi Arabia.  He will explain how the economical and cultural conditions in Saudi Arabia influenced the building’s design. Additionally he will talk about the building program, budget, and materials used.  

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And so, we were trying to figure out a way to leverage that idea and incorporate that into the design and make that sort of a feature of the project, and the client very much resonated with it, so we have these diagrams that start to talk about circulation and connection and using the idea of this wadi that cuts through the building to make the connections between the different programs that are going to happen in the project. And so, the thinking was that we would merge the wadi topography along with the city topography, which is also sort of irregular, and out of that comes out something that is very abstract. But this is really very early sketches and ideas that we explore with the client, where you start big picture thinking in terms of how this thing's really going to work within the actual building.

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HKS Chicago - Prince Sattam University Hospital

Duration: 34m