Art Jameel to develop new creative hub by idba design in Saudi Arabia

Art Jameel, an organisation that supports heritage, education and the arts, has announced its plans for a 17,000m2 development in north Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. Named Hayy: Creative Hub, derived from the Arabic word for neighbourhood, it has been conceptualised by ibda design and is expected to open in 2019.

The new cultural development is inspired by the community-oriented theme of the complex, and the ways in which the partner organisations, including art galleries, entrepreneurs, comedy clubs, cafes and more, will come together to present the full range of the arts. The flow from exterior to interior spaces encourages interdisciplinary collaboration among artists. The facades are designed to provide not only privacy and natural lighting, but one them acts as a ‘blank canvas,’ for art installations.

The three-storey contemporary building features open internal courtyards surrounded by shaded terraces and walkways. When it opens in mid-2019, it will feature space for 12 different art organisations along with a 127-car park, exhibition halls, theatres, artists studios, and event spaces. Funded by Art Jameel, the facility will act as a creative incubator : it will bring together and nurture Saudi Arabian artists, playwrights, photographers, filmmakers, entrepreneurs and others.

Fady Mohammed Jameel, president of Art Jameel, said: “We are delighted to support our home, Saudi Arabia, and its fast-growing cultural scene through the development of Hayy: Creative Hub, which is set to become a base for Saudi Arabian talent, and help nurture a new generation of creatives, in addition to providing job opportunities and training. The concept has been honed over many years: the team at Art Jameel has worked not only with the brilliant architects ibda design, but also a range of community partners to develop the hub as a truly innovative destination. Hayy: Creative Hub reflects Art Jameel and Community Jameel’s commitment to supporting creativity and entrepreneurship in Saudi Arabia and beyond, and we look forward to opening the hub in spring 2019 with our partners in this community-wide initiative.”

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