A campus fit for a princess

Monday 21 Oct 2013

First images of Perkins+Will and Dar-designed women-only university in Riyadh

The very first public photographs of the world’s largest women-only university have just been released. Taken by professional Dubai-based photographer Bill Lyons, the images capture the sheer elegance and scale of the Princess Nora Bint Abdulrahman University in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. The $5.3bn campus was inaugurated in May 2011 but this is the first time that images of the scheme have been released.

Designed by Perkins+Will with Dar Al-Handasah (Shair and Partners) (Dar), the 3 million sq m campus has the capacity for 60,000 female undergraduate students. Encompassing a range of high-end facilities, the campus is targeted at women however it does possess a small number of co-ed areas, namely the Medical Center and certain areas of the Research Center.

Approximately 150 design professionals from 5 offices of Perkins+Will worked directly with 150 members of the Dar team to complete the complex design. Perkins+Will were responsible for the Health Sciences and Research Campus, Academic Medical Campus, Academic Campus, K-12 schools and Sports and Recreational facilities while Dar designed the masterplan, administrative core, residential buildings, campus-wide monorail, and overall infrastructure.

Pat Bosch, Design Director at Perkins+Will, explained: “This project was of great significance personally and professionally. This is the kind of transformative design project our firm aspires to deliver: to make a difference and help partner with a country’s leadership vision.” 

The Princess Nora Bint Abdulrahman University is part of King Abdullah Bin AbdulAziz Al Saud, Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques’ vision to dramatically enhance the education system in Saudi Arabia. The serene space, dressed with tranquil pools and mashrabiy’yah, offers women in Saudi Arabia new possibilities to further their education. 

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