The King Abdullah Petroleum Studies and Research Centre (KAPSARC) is an independent, non-profit research institution dedicated to researching energy economics, policy, technology, and the environment across all types of energy. KAPSARC is located in Riyadh, where its facilities are currently under construction.
The cellular structure of crystalline forms emerging from the desert landscape in Riyadh is the unique Center being built for KAPSARC, designed by the world-renowned architect Zaha Hadid. Composed of a network of three-dimensional, six-sided cells with many junctions and bonds, its design is based on the concept of connection. The modular, adaptive Research and Office Complex (ROC) is made up of a series of shaded outdoor spaces, courtyards, entrances, meeting areas, indoor gardens, corridors, underground tunnels and roof terraces.