KAFD Aquarium

Architectural and exhibit design for new aquarium in Saudi Arabia

The KAFD National Aquarium of Saudi Arabia will be located prominently in the King Abdullah Financial District in Riyadh. C7A’s concept captures the energy and dynamic nature of ocean currents, extending this metaphor to create an architectural expression of sweeping, faceted building forms. The geometry of the floor plates sweeps on both sides of the building, surrounding a central Grand Hall for vertical circulation and creating a fluid sense of place for the exhibit experience. Visitors come to a central ticketing lobby and move upwards in dramatic fashion on glass elevators, bringing them to the top of the building and the terrestrial habitat. They then travel downward into the various living exhibits, crossing from one exhibit to another through the central space.