Innovation Cluster General Master Plan

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, 2018 - 2020

Elaboration of AS+P´s winning competition entry for a 344-ha site in Saudi Arabia’s capital city. The design takes its cue from a human scale while combining key aspects of sustainable urban planning. The features include keeping key facilities and utilities within walking district, mixed usages, and an integrated and resilient infrastructure

  • Client: MBS Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud Foundation (MiSK)
  • Timeframe: 2018 - 2020
  • Planning Area: 344 ha
  • Use: Mixed-Use, Residential Development, Open Space
Promenade along Wadi Hanifah and the Arts Institute
Promenade along Wadi Hanifah and the Arts Institute

The Innovation Cluster is designed as a catalyst propelling Saudi Arabia's innovation capacity into competitive ranks amongst the top nations worldwide. Located in the heart of Riyadh, the dedicated modern, self-sufficient and fully adaptable incubator district for the new ambitious Saudi generation shall support the MiSK Foundation's aim to cultivate learning and leadership in young people to help build the Saudi Arabia of tomorrow. The Innovation Cluster is a fully integrated "People's Place" focusing on all facets of sustainable urban planning in form of a walkable, mixed-use neighbourhoods of short distances.

 

Bird view of Arts Axis in the heart of the Innovation Cluster
Bird view of Arts Axis in the heart of the Innovation Cluster
Bird view of the LIFELINE District
Bird view of the LIFELINE District

The "Maker's Ecosystem" approach provides a start-up environment across 25 segments of the creative industries and emerging technologies. The Innovation Cluster shall foster talent through education institutions, collaborative innovation and healthy lifestyle in a sustainable community environment and will become the new home for the MiSK Foundation including its main headquarters.

 

The Innovation Cluster with the LIFELINE and Wadi Hanifah
The Innovation Cluster with the LIFELINE and Wadi Hanifah
The LIFELINE
The LIFELINE

The centre of the Cluster is anchored by 3 interconnected districts that host the city’s main assets and destinations. The Cluster‘s FORUM is the core area and hub for education with the MiSK Foundation and Conference Centre, a Science Museum and the Academy. The IMMERSIVE DISTRICT offers a unique experience of retail and cultural programs. The LIFELINE is the main artery modelled as a liveable connection integrating flexible workplaces, residential and public amenities such as an Arts Institute. Each district is featured as a legible urban district and with a distinct architectural identity.

 

AS+P emerged as the 1st price winner in a multilevel inter-national competition with more than 200 renown participants and convinced the jury with its prominent approach and interdisciplinary team.