الأحد، 6 مارس، 2011

Foster set to speed into Saudi

Foster set to speed into Saudi

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This new high-speed railway station at Jeddah is one of four station designs revealed by Foster & Partners' for the Haramain high-speed railway (HHR) in Saudi Arabia.
The railway will connect the cities of Makkah, Madinah, Jeddah and the developing King Abdullah Economic City in the east of the country, providing a new link for pilgrims travelling during the Hajj.
The practice, working with local architect Dar Al Riyadh and engineering firm Buro Happold, developed a modular- build design for the stations, which will consist of a sequence of 25m-high arches rising from the concourse, complemented by 9m-high arches at platform level.
Islamic architecture influenced the arched roof design, supported by freestanding structural trees, and each station can be extended in future if required.
Foster's chief executive Mouzhan Majidi said: "The HHR project is remarkable, especially when you consider the fast-track programme – we are aiming to complete four major new stations in almost four years."
Each station is oriented according to the path of the sun, turning from Madinah station, which faces east, to north-facing Makkah station.
Work is to start imminently and is scheduled for completion by May 2013.

Read more: http://www.bdonline.co.uk/news/international/foster-set-to-speed-into-saudi/5014314.article#ixzz1FkjMC1Ib


 
Dr. EMAD H. ISMAEEL
                  Dept. of Architecture E-mail:        emadhanee@yahoo.com
                  University of Mosul
                  Mosul - Iraq
                  emadhanee@gmail.com
                  http://emadhani.blogspot.com/
Tel :           +964 (0)770 164 93 74
                 

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