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A benchmark in sustainable architecture and engineering

Samba’s iconic new headquarters provides a bold symbol for the bank and a highly flexible design to enable future expansion.

Delmatic’s latest DALI system manages lighting throughout the building providing fully flexible and highly sustainable control.

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The centrepiece of Riyadh’s new financial district

Samba’s new 40-storey headquarters is located at the heart of Financial Plaza, the centrepiece of Riyadh’s new King Abdullah Financial District – a major new commercial quarter almost three times the size of London’s Canary Wharf.

Comprehensive management and monitoring across the 40-storeys

The Delmatic DALI system monitors, manages and optimises lighting throughout the building, providing highly flexible, intelligent, personal and energy-efficient control through a combination of presence detection and daylight-linking. The complete installation and real-time operation is centrally monitored and managed through graphical head end software.

The Power Tower focuses sunshine onto photovoltaic panels

Creating a sustainable building in the desert heat presents numerous challenges, and the building is designed to achieve a LEED Gold rating and represent a benchmark in sustainable architecture and engineering.

Central to the building is its futuristic ‘Power Tower’, a 70m spire sitting atop the skyscraper, which harnesses Saudi sunshine and concentrates it onto photovoltaic panels. Four-storey sky-gardens punctuate the northern elevation to allow daylight to reach the atrium while indirect light is reflected deep into the office floor plates by its tessellated glass interior.


size92,000 sq.m
architectFoster & Partners
consultantBuro Happold


Design & Development
BMS Integration
AV Integration
Fire Alarm Integration
Blind Control
DALI DMX Interface
Scene Setting
Project Management
Lifetime Support


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