CallisonRTKL’s competition-winning design for the Saudi British Bank (SABB), has broken ground in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. The head office is expected to be operation by early 2020.
The SABB head office will be a 46,544-SM commercial office development comprised primarily of a 135-m tall office tower. A supporting podium is integrated and connected to the tower housing 7,013-SM of banking services, food and beverage areas and employee training facilities.
As the design consultant, CallisonRTKL was challenged to create a sophisticated, inviting and secure space for the bank’s 2,800 employees and its numerous visitors.
With users’ health and well-being in mind, the building has been designed to allow ample daylight while blocking direct sunlight. By using double-height atrium spaces on every other floor, the design team provided the client with a state-of-the-art space that delights and inspires its users without compromising performance. The office aims to achieve LEED Gold certification by successfully integrating sustainable strategies including water reduction and waste diversion.