One of our favourite architecture firms on the entire planet, Snøhetta, has just completed unveiled a new Centre for World Culture in Saudi Arabia. Named after King Abdulaziz, the centre features an auditorium, library, cinema, exhibition hall and museum with the aim of promoting cultural development in Saudi Arabia.

Snøhetta's King Abdulaziz Center for World Culture Is Finally Open

The King Abdulaziz Center for World Culture was commissioned to Snøhetta on the part of the Saudi Aramco Oil Company. Following an invited architectural design competition in 2007, Snøhetta were selected to design the cultural facility. And it’s not hard to see why with a striking pebble-like design which dominates the surrounding region in the eastern province.

The Center for World Culture is designed in a powerful keystone arrangement with the complex comprising of a collection of bulbous forms covered in lengths of metal piping. The tubing follows the contours of the building, surrounding windows and doorways.


Located in Dhahran, the cultural centre aims to provide a wide range of activities for the local population, including cinema, library, museum and exhibition hall, and also will become a cultural landmark in Saudi Arabia. The auditorium alone seats up to 930 and will provide for a wide range of events ranging from opera, symphony concerts, and musicals.


The library at the newly opened centre aims to become a centre for learning, containing some 200,000 books on open access, and catering for all ages and categories of users. The great exhibition hall will host larger scale travelling exhibitions, as well as providing the setting for social events, banquets, and conferences.

Head over to the King Abdulaziz Center Website for more details or head over to the Snøhetta Website to see more projects.




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