King Abdullah Petroleum Studies & Research Center: Built to be Unique

Composed of a network of three-dimensional six-sided cells, the project is based on the concept of connectivity. 
January 5, 2022

The King Abdullah Petroleum Studies and Research Center (KAPSRC) is a non-profit organisation based in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, committed to investigating economics and technology across various energy platforms. The modular structure, designed by Zaha Hadid architects, is a living, organic plan in which building expansions are permitted to expand and multiply like cells without compromising the project's visual integrity.

Composed of a network of three-dimensional six-sided cells, the project is based on the concept of connectivity. The center emerges above the arid terrain as a cluster of crystalline formations that change in reaction to the environment. The design's spatial programme guarantees that each component is appropriate for the role it fulfils. The exterior's shell-like facades hide the porous interior, which has covered courtyards that let natural light in.

Mapei was chosen to help with waterproofing solutions for the application of the wet areas & bathrooms. 

- MAPEGROUT TISSOTROPICO was used to smooth out surface imperfections and repair heavily abraded surfaces.

- AQUADEFENSE MAPELASTIC ready-to-use, ultra quick-drying, flexible liquid membrane was used to waterproof internal and external surfaces.

- For the cementitious waterproofing system and liquid sheath, MAPEBAND Alkali-resistant rubber tape with feel was applied.

Mapei made an excellent impression by being part of this incredible project and finishing it to perfection. 

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