Riyadh Public Transport Program, METRO Urban Design & Streetscape Manual

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, 2013 - 2014

Preparation of a Design Manual, which contains typical proposals for the urban design of the environment of subway stations and the street space along the metro lines

  • Client: ADA Arriyadh Development Authority
  • Timeframe: 2013 - 2014
  • Planning Area: 360 ha
  • Use: Transport Facilities, Straßenraumgestaltung, Open Space
Detail of an example of a design around the METRO station
Detail of an example of a design around the METRO station

A comprehensive Transportation Plan for the city of Riyadh has been developed and acknowledged as a historic opportunity to improve the existing road infrastructure and provide a 21st Century integrated public transportation system.

The success of the planned METRO system not only requires acknowledging the importance of a high quality public transportation system but also the provision of quality public realm or streetscape in which the METRO system will operate.

Illustration of a square design around a METRO station with special paving design and integrated objets d‘art
Illustration of a square design around a METRO station with special paving design and integrated objets d‘art
Schematic illustration of the design for open space along the street corridor in the vicinity of the METRO station
Schematic illustration of the design for open space along the street corridor in the vicinity of the METRO station

AS+P Albert Speer + Partner GmbH were commissioned by the Arriyadh Development Authority (ADA), with developing and producing an Urban Design & Streetscape Manual (UDM) to provide the chosen design & build consortia with clear guidance to achieve the following goals:

- A clear and robust set of design proposals and exemplars to enable the completion and enhancement of existing 30% designs for the METRO corridors in question.

Grown diagram illustrating the methods used: Different levels of design complement one another, coming together to produce an overall picture of the open space design
Grown diagram illustrating the methods used: Different levels of design complement one another, coming together to produce an overall picture of the open space design
Example of sample data sheets with the design principles for various elements of open space such as urban furniture
Example of sample data sheets with the design principles for various elements of open space such as urban furniture

- A design matrix or 'toolbox' approach which can be selectively

applied through analysis and design, to the various existing street types and land uses.

Illustration of a square design in the vicinity of a METRO station in a busy urban context
Illustration of a square design in the vicinity of a METRO station in a busy urban context
Organigram of the design process
Organigram of the design process

- A design rationale which is simple yet sophisticated and flexible enough to ensure quality and ease of implementation.

Example of “toolboxes” for describing actual design specifications
Example of “toolboxes” for describing actual design specifications