Location: Kaust, Saudi Arabia
Client: King Abdullah University of Science and Technology
bureau^proberts and Urban Art Projects collaborated to provide a landmark beacon for the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology. The KAUST Beacon represents the distinctive form of the coral of the adjacent Red Sea Reef, morphing to carbon strands symbolic of the University as a place of learning and progress.
The dramatic structure emerges from the water with a series of precast hexagonal extrusions growing in a gentle sweep to form the organic profile of the beacon. The interior atrium, dappled in shade and light, is a reverential space designed for communal gatherings. The sixty meter high structure is a focal point for the University, a dramatic ethereal spire, a place for reflection and an icon for the ambitious new development.