In Saudi Arabia the complete recreation of the National Library of King Fahad has been remodelled, providing a total floor area of 55,000 m². A glass cube with 90 m edge length covering entirely the existing library has been built. The silhouette of the former library remains visible through the new building. The National Library facilities are located in the new building complex, administration and conference rooms remained in the former library building. It also provides a new two-storey underground park deck.
The new library is enclosed by a specifically developed ornamental dress. The filigree steel cable construction reflects the region‘s tensile-loaded building constructions. As temperatures reach 50°C (122° Fahrenheit) in the region, a membrane façade has been chosen permitting only 7% of solar transmission and providing protection from direct sunlight. Complex 3D light calculations enabled the optimisation of the façade and the position of the membrane surfaces in line with the exact local solar conditions.
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