Snøhetta-designed King Abdulaziz Centre for World Culture nears completion

Norwegian architects Snøhetta has revealed new images of the King Abdulaziz Centre for World Culture, which is currently under construction in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia.

Image © King Abdulaziz Center for World Culture

Construction began in 2008, and nearly a decade later, the facility is nearing completion.

Image © 2016 Saudi Aramco

The complex will offer visitors a range of cultural facilities, inclusive of an auditorium, cinema, library, exhibition hall, museum and archive.

Image © Snøhetta

Image © Snøhetta

The formal elements of the 100,000m2 development is inspired by the county’s geology and unique rock formations. A monolithic structure rises from the centre of the design, and towers above the rest of the complex.

Image © King Abdulaziz Center for World Culture

Smaller, pebble-like forms borders the central structure, all clad in an arrangement of stainless steel tubes.

The project is expected to complete in Spring 2017.

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