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