KING FAHAD NATIONAL LIBRARY // GERBER ARCHITEKTEN

The aim of this project was to fabricate a prototype through the laser cutting technique. The final model was made by cutting fabric panels which are connected to a cutted plywood frame through plywood nodes by using a beading wire.

The prototype was fabricated in one week as part of the Digital Fabrication seminar at IAAC, Barcelona, 2020.

REFERENCE FACADE

The King Fahad National Library, one of the most important cultural buildings in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, was completed and went into use for its intended purpose in November 2013. This project sees Professor Eckhard Gerber and his Gerber Architekten team accomplishing one of the most important urban development and cultural projects in the capital, Ryiad.

FABRICATION STRATEGY

The frame consists of laser cutted plywood, as well as the nodes. The panels are laser cutted texile, Lycra. The construction is connected with wire.

LASER CUTTING

Technical drawing for fabrication

FABRICATION FOR PROTOTYPE

FINAL MODEL

ANIMATION

Parametric Skins // King Fahad National Library is a project of IAAC, Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia developed in the Master of Advanced Architecture 2020/21 by Students:  Stefanie Theller, Michelle Bezik,  Chirag Shah, and Faculty: Ricardo Mayor Luque, Lana Awad,  Shyam Zonca