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National Commercial Bank (completed 1983) by Skidmore, Owings, Merrill in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

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on June 23, 2015
National Commercial Bank (completed 1983) by Skidmore, Owings, Merrill in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

"The desire to take advantage of the spectacular views of Jeddah and the Red Sea led to the design of the distinctive National Commercial Bank, completed in 1983. Set in a 1.2-hectare plaza on the edge of the sea, the 27-story triangular building is flanked by a helical parking garage. In developing its form, SOM incorporated two important features found in traditional Islamic architecture: natural ventilation and inward orientation. Instead of individual windows in the tower's travertine enclosure, colossal openings allow light into the interior across three landscaped courtyards. A central wall that extends from the skylight of the first floor up through the roof allows accumulated heat to rise out of the building."

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