CLIENT: Metro Jeddah Company
COUNTRY: Saudi Arabia
After a two-stage selection process, the city of Jeddah chose 4 teams of architects (IDOM, Zaha Hadid, Foster and Partners and HOK) for the competition of the city’s new urban transport system. The project includes the design of the underground stations, the “water taxi” stops, the bus stops and an intermodal station as well as the Master Plan for the area it is in. The proposed solution shares a common image for the entire infrastructure, giving each typology its own identity through the use of colour. The image of the buildings takes as reference the abstract geometry of Arab art and the idea of stars as guides on cross-desert trips. This reference can be appreciated both in the design of the buildings (inside and out) and in the way the urbanization is dealt with. Another basic criterion was the response to the climate, going for buildings that, like traditional architecture did, work as filters that reduce the impact of heat and light to a minimum.