Type of Document Master's Thesis Author Altahlawi, Naif Author's Email Address Naif@vt.edu URN etd-10152008-145356 Title Jeddah Auto Mall Degree Master of Architecture Department Architecture Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title Thompson, Steven Ross Committee Chair Gartner, Howard Scott Committee Member Rott, Hans Christian Committee Member Keywords
- show rooms
- Mega buildings
- Saudi Arabia
- Hand drawings
- concrete structure
Date of Defense 2008-05-08 Availability unrestricted AbstractThis Project demonstrates a constructive approach in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia where the building would be a symbol of luxury. The auto mall gives a common platform to different car makers to display their cars and address their competition under one roof which would be convenient for customers to compare cars.
The building has twelve show room units. Each unit has a display area, offices, and a service area. The roof structure system facilitates a large open span beneath it. A series of concrete arches is the most significant element of design in the building since it not only holds the roof structure but also brings its individuality and defines the character of the building. With a free column plan beneath it, customers will have a better view of cars presented in show rooms.
The structural system in lower floors is separated from the roof to facilitate a different structure system. This project is designed to attract tourists as well as local residents to address the growth and the new social life of the Middle East’s wealthiest city.
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