Arabic letters inspire proposed culture centre in KSA

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Dutch architecture firm Mecanoo has proposed a complex in Madinah, Saudi Arabia, that is inspired by Arabic calligraphy and the Qur’an.

The firm envisaged a series of interconnected buildings forming a cultural centre which, when viewed from above, makes up an abstract interpretation of Arabic letters.

Mecanoo reinterpreted the formal calligraphy into interlocking, fluid buildings that create a series of public and private spaces. As well as being inspired by calligraphy, the design took inspiration from the Qur’an –including references to mountains

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The company  wants to recreate idea of a mountainous range when visitors first come upon the complex with high walls in front of them.

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