CallisonRTKL’s competition-winning design for the Saudi British Bank (SABB) has broken ground in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. The head office is expected to be operational by early 2020.
The building will be a 46,544-square-meter commercial office development comprised primarily of a 135-meter-tall office tower. A supporting podium is integrated and connected to the tower housing 7,013 square meters of banking services, food and beverage areas, and employee training facilities.
As the design consultant, CallisonRTKL was challenged to create a sophisticated, inviting, and secure space for the bank’s 2,800 employees and numerous visitors.
“One of the team’s main challenges was incorporating the client’s security needs without creating the feeling of a fortress. The building’s wrap does just that; it acts not only as a security barrier on the ground floors, but also helps mitigate the direct sun in a harsh and hot climate,” said CallisonRTKL Director Kenneth Turner.
With users’ health and well-being in mind, the building has been designed to allow ample daylight while blocking direct sunlight. The office aims to achieve LEED Gold certification by successfully integrating sustainable strategies, including water reduction and waste diversion.
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