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Zaha Hadid To Design Flowing Metro Station In Saudi Arabia [Pics]

The King Abdullah Financial District stop will be covered in a three-dimensional lattice with sculpted curves.

Emma Hutchings
Emma Hutchings on May 17, 2013.

Zaha Hadid has won a competition to design the King Abdullah Financial District (KAFD) metro station in Saudi Arabia. Her winning proposal consists of six platforms over four public floors and two levels of underground car parking.

Zaha Hadid To Design Flowing Metro Station In Saudi Arabia [Pics]

The station will be integrated within the urban context of the financial district and the design will emphasis the building’s importance as a multi-functional public space. It will feature a three-dimensional lattice with sculpted curves. These sine-waves were generated from the repetition and frequency variation of the station’s daily traffic flows.

The station is at the center of a network of pathways, skybridges and metro lines. Connectivity diagrams and traffic has been structured to delineate the pedestrian routes within the building, in order to optimize internal circulation and avoid congestion. Click through to see images of the station design:

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