Client: Riyadh Development Authority
Location: Al-Riyadh – Saudi Arabia
Services Provided: Design Competition, Design and Architectural Supervision
Total Built-up Area: 44,000 sq.m
Construction Cost: US $ 60,000,000
Starting Date: 1984 Design – 1988 Supervision
Completion Date: 1985 Design – 1992 Supervision


Awarded after winning first prize in an international architectural competition, the project won the Aga Khan Award in architecture (1995 cycle), and has become, since its completion, the subject of academic research and publications.

The main concept of the project is to revitalize the center of Al-Riyadh city, based on its historic urban and architectural heritage, by developing the existing streets and introducing landscape plazas and pathways to connect the architectural elements together. The theme of the contemporary reinterpretation of local traditions is continued in the interior design through spatial organization, details, colors and materials.