Public Open Space Concept for Ministry of Commerce and Industry (MCI) Business Park

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, 2012 - 2014

Master plan for the MCI Business Park containing the Ministry of Commerce and Industry (MCI) and other authorities, private sector rentable mixed-use space and quality public open space.

  • Client: MODON Saudi Industrial Property Authority
  • Timeframe: 2012 - 2014
  • Planning Area: 19 ha
  • Use: Retail, Commercial / Industrial, Mixed-Use, Office / Administration
planning detail pergola
planning detail pergola

MODON, the Saudi Industrial Property Authority, was commissioned with overseeing the planning and construction of the MCI Business Park in Riyadh. It will be the main office of the Ministry of Commerce and Industry (MCI) and several of the authorities affiliated to it, including MODON.

The centerpiece of the open space concept is an axial, publicly accessible urban space on the roof of an underground car park with the vehicle entrance below the ground level. Spacious light shafts with integrated staircases enable visitors to reach the grounds directly from the car park.

perspective parc
perspective parc
execution plan
execution plan

Along the green axis stand an array of administrative and office buildings, retail outlets, and a hotel, which face the traffic-free public domain. This features a sequence of plazas, which in terms of character and atmosphere differ from one another. All manner of user groups can relax here and engage in leisure time activities.

Between the traffic zone and the buildings the entire project area is surrounded by a palm tree-lined promenade with a separate cycle path. Green corridors supported by a color concept link the promenade with the central open space. Overall a traffic-free, pedestrian-friendly space emerges.

execution plan
execution plan
visualization mixed-use commercial
visualization mixed-use commercial

With regard to landscape architecture, the work involved all phases from the concept to construction planning.

master plan
master plan
model photo
model photo