King Abdullah Financial District - Children’s Interactive Museum in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Courtesy Henning Larsen Architects.

King Abdullah Financial District – Children’s Interactive Museum



Thornton Tomasetti is providing structural engineering and building façade engineering services for the Children’s Interactive Museum located in the King Abdullah Financial District, a 1.6 million-square-meter mixed-use development slated to be the new economic hub of the Middle East.

This iconic cultural project comprises a four-story structure composed of five adjoining square blocks that sit above a four-story basement housing retail and parking facilities. The building program includes interactive exhibition spaces for children, workshops, a theatre and service spaces.

The building structure features long-span post-tensioned flat slab floor plates that minimize column interruption in exhibition spaces, thereby maximizing floor space and providing uninterrupted views, circulation and freedom for spatial organization. In addition, the thickness of the floor plates were reduced to maximize floor-to-ceiling heights.

The project is delivered using Building Information Modeling (BIM) as it affords several benefits including speedier visualization of building geometries, easier coordination with design team and faster clash detection.

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