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The ingeniously designed National Commercial Bank - Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. This award winning piece of architecture was designed by the legendary American architectural firm *SOM* and completed in the early 80s.

The plan is an isosceles triangle and the elevation design takes its cues from Arab courtyard houses where the house is solid to the outside and opens up to the cooler courtyard in the middle.

Similarly, the Bank was created with deep apertures carved into the sides providing shaded natural lighting for the office space; the courtyard concept creatively implemented in the vertical, rather than horizontal, plane.

Boy was that a challenge to explain!

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