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Old November 25th, 2009, 09:53 PM   #1
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DHAHRAN | King Abdulaziz Center for World Culture | T/O

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King Abdulaziz Center for World Culture
Damman - Saudi Arabia

In celebration of Saudi Aramco Oil Company’s 75th Anniversary, the King Abdulaziz Center for World Culture seeks to be a breathtaking tribute to the
founder of the modern state of Saudi Arabia, King Abdulaziz. Located on Dammam Dome, the awe-inspiring structure will stand alongside the site of Prosperity
Well No.7 which was the first well in the nation to yield oil in commercial quantities.

Conceptualized by the Norwegian architects in Snĝhetta (behind Oslo Opera House and Bibliotheca Alexandrina), winner of the invitational architectural design
competition held by the Saudi authorities, the bold new structure has a featured construction budget of $300,000,000 and upon completion in 2012, will be used
to promote cultural development within the kingdom with its multiple facilities like a world-class library with a café-like atmosphere and digital access to
information and connectivity to knowledge centers spread across the world.

Project description by Snĝhetta | Situated in the Eastern Province of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the new Cultural Center will be sited at the heart of
the oil fields that have been central to the formation and development of the Kingdom. This initiative to promote the development of culture and knowledge in
Saudi Arabia is undertaken by the Saudi Aramco oil company as part of their 75th anniversary celebrations and is particularly relevant in the context of the
Saudi Arabian demographic with a very large young population, thirsting for cultural programs.

The Center has a total area of over 70,000 square meters hosting the following program: a Library of some 200,000 books; a 930 seat Auditorium; a 315 seat
Cinema; The Great Hall, a high quality multifunctional space; a Museum; a Life-Long Learning Centre; a Children’s Discovery Zone and all necessary support
functions including an Administration Area. The conceptual theme for the project is derived from the idea of cultural Interdependency in space, time and context.

The idea of culture extends both back in time, searching for historical roots, and reaches into the future to new possibilities. This theoretical time line connecting
past present and future is embedded in the architecture: partially dug deep into the rock and partially stretching 86 meters up toward the sky. The concept of
cultural interdependency is at the heart of the building’s spatial organization. Each element of the building is given its own discrete and recognizable form as a
“pebble”; however, these individual pieces are put together in such a manner that they visually and physically support each other. No single object can be
removed without the collapse of the larger composition. Culture is not a collection of singular independent efforts but a collective ensemble of interacting forces
and ideas that together create a context. Culture in Saudi Arabia is about individual character belonging to, and contributing to a group. The many architectural
elements each have their own character, logic and aesthetic while at the same time adhering to the overall conceptual theme.

The physical and spiritual heart of the project is an area referred to as the Source, around which all of the other elements are arranged. Placed three floors down
into the bedrock, the Source is a metaphor for the Source of Arabian wealth to be found in the oil fields deep beneath the building. The Source also provides the
physical setting for the roots of Saudi Arabian culture displayed in the museum that spirals down around it.

The 4000 square meter Plaza is the entrance space for all of the cultural components. It is conceived as an urban space providing a setting for the many visitors
and the cultural events in the building. In the vertical time line through the building, the Plaza is at grade level between the sunken museum and the elevated
pebbles. It lies between the past and the future, representing the present. Surrounding all four sides of the Plaza is a ring wall constructed of rammed earth. This
wall binds the urban plaza together with a visual element that is constructed from the very earth on which the building rests; a direct reference to Saudi cultural
roots and the context of the Center itself.

All of the projects elements that are elevated out of the landscape and into the sky refer to the future and are clad in a reflective tubular metal skin. The metal is
the counterpoint to the rammed earth wall; it is man-made, futuristic and reflective of the strong Arabian sun. The tubes are wrapped around the shapes of the
pebbles, flowing from a predetermined starting point around the objects in a manner that creates a unique but related pattern to each of the pebbles. This tubular
system provides for virtually 100% passive solar shading of the project’s enclosure.

The setting for the Cultural Center is a man-made landscape using minimal methods of maintenance, and sustainability known as “xeriscaping”. This area called the
Monosurface is planted with vegetation indigenous to the desert region, requiring a minimum of irrigation. Walkways are interwoven with the planting to provide a
natural setting for social gathering during the pleasant winter days or under the starlit Arabian night sky.

Work on the construction of the Cultural Center will commence in August 2010; and the project is due to be completed by the end of 2012.

Credits: Snĝhetta (Architect), MIR (Illustrator), Luxigon (Illustrator)


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The tower will be 86m tall. There will be a sky lounge at the top floor.

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Interior renderings.

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Exterior renderings again, both new and old.

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Old November 26th, 2009, 11:07 AM   #2
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That looks like a high tech building in the middle of the desert! Interior colors fit the area.
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Old December 13th, 2009, 01:38 PM   #3
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Some plans and sections. Credit (Snĝhetta) must be used upon use.

[IMG]http://i55.************/2u5f8d1.jpg[/IMG]
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[IMG]http://i56.************/2mzk607.jpg[/IMG]
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[IMG]http://i56.************/zlawkm.jpg[/IMG]
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Old December 23rd, 2009, 08:47 AM   #4
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Old December 24th, 2009, 06:18 AM   #5
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Stunning building. The angles, the materials, the overall surrounding landscape too. Its a great design that any city/country would love to have
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Old March 24th, 2010, 01:51 AM   #6
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Another rendering by Luxigon/Snĝhetta.
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Old April 11th, 2010, 01:28 PM   #7
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تحت الانشاء
مركز الملك عبد العزيز للمعارف والثقافة
الضهران -- المملكة العربية السعودية

النرويجية ، والمهندسين المعماريين وراء أوسلو دار الأوبرا ومكتبة الإسكندرية Snĝhettaصممه .

| وصف المشروع يقع في المنطقة الشرقية من المملكة العربية السعودية ، والمركز الثقافي الجديد سوف يكون في موقع في قلب النفط
الحقول التي كانت محورية في تشكيل وتطوير المملكة. هذه المبادرة لتعزيز تنمية الثقافة والمعرفة
في المملكة العربية السعودية التي قامت بها شركة النفط السعودية ارامكو كجزء من احتفالاتهم بالذكرى السنوية 75th وذات الصلة ولا سيما في
سياق الديموغرافي في المملكة العربية السعودية مع عدد السكان من الشباب كبير جدا ، ومتعطش للبرامج الثقافية.

مركز لديه مساحة إجمالية تبلغ 70،000 متر مربع استضافة البرنامج التالي : مكتبة لبعض الكتب 200،000 ؛ قاعة 930 مقعد واحد ؛ ل
سينما 315 مقعد واحد ؛ والقاعة الكبرى ، وهي ذات جودة عالية مساحة متعددة الوظائف ؛ متحف ، والتعلم مدى الحياة مركز ؛ وطفولة اكتشاف المنطقة وجميع
وظائف الدعم اللازم بما في ذلك إدارة المنطقة. ويستمد موضوع المفاهيمي لهذا المشروع من فكرة الثقافية
الترابط في الزمان والمكان والسياق.

فكرة ثقافة تمتد على حد سواء العودة في الوقت المناسب ، والبحث عن الجذور التاريخية ، وتصل في المستقبل إلى إمكانيات جديدة. هذه المرة النظرية
وجزءا لا يتجزأ من خط الربط بين الماضي والحاضر والمستقبل في العمارة : حفر جزئيا في عمق الصخور والتي تمتد حتى 86 مترا جزئيا
نحو السماء. مفهوم الترابط الثقافي هو في صلب التنظيم المكاني للمبنى. يتم منح كل عنصر من عناصر بناء
شكل منفصلة خاصة بها والتعرف عليها باعتبارها "حصاة" ، ومع ذلك ، يتم وضع هذه القطع الفردية معا بطريقة أنهم وبصريا
الدعم ماديا بعضها البعض. يمكن إزالة أي كائن واحد دون انهيار أكبر تكوينها. الثقافة ليست مجموعة من صيغة المفرد
لكن جهود مستقلة. لفرقة جماعية للتفاعل القوى والأفكار التي تخلق معا في سياق الثقافة في المملكة العربية السعودية على وشك
فرد ينتمون إلى حرف ، والمساهمة في مجموعة. والعديد من العناصر المعمارية لكل من طابعها الخاص ، والمنطق والجمالية
وفي الوقت نفسه التمسك موضوع المفاهيمي الكلي.

القلب الجسماني والروحي لهذا المشروع هو منطقة يشار إليها على أنها مصدر ، وتجمع حولها كل العناصر الأخرى مرتبة. وضعت
يمكن العثور على ثلاثة طوابق في القاعدة التي يستند عليها ، والمصدر هو كناية عن مصدر للثروة العربية في حقول النفط العميقة تحت
بناء. كما يوفر مصدر الإعداد البدني عن جذور الثقافة في المملكة العربية السعودية المعروضة في المتحف الذي اللوالب بانخفاض حوله.

من 4000 متر مربع بلازا هو الفضاء مدخل لجميع المكونات الثقافية. وينظر إلى ذلك على أنه وتوفير الحيز الحضري لإعداد
العديد من الزوار والمناسبات الثقافية في المبنى. في خط عمودي الوقت من خلال بناء ، بلازا هو على مستوى الصف بين الغارقة
المتحف والحصى مرتفعة. انها تقع بين الماضي والمستقبل ، ويمثل في الوقت الحاضر. المحيطة بها كل من الجوانب الأربعة من هو بلازا
صدم الجدار الدائري مصنوعة من الأرض. هذا الجدار يربط ساحة الحضرية جنبا إلى جنب مع العناصر المرئية التي يتم بناؤها من الأرض للغاية على
التي تقع في مبنى ؛ اشارة مباشرة الى الجذور الثقافية السعودية وسياق المركز نفسه.

جميع المشاريع العناصر التي هي خارج مرتفعة من المناظر الطبيعية والى السماء تشير إلى المستقبل ويرتدون جلد معدنية عاكسة أنبوبي.
المعدن هو المقابل لصدم جدار الأرض ، بل هو من صنع الإنسان ، ومستقبلية تعكس الشمس العربية قوية. واختتم أنابيب
حول الأشكال من الحصى ، تتدفق من وجهة نظر محددة سلفا اعتبارا حول الكائنات على نحو يخلق فريدة من نوعها ولكنها ذات صلة
نمط لكل من الحصى. هذا النظام يتيح لتظليل أنبوبي تقريبا 100 ٪ من الطاقة الشمسية السلبية الضميمة المشروع.

الإعداد لمركز الثقافة والمناظر الطبيعية من صنع الإنسان باستخدام أساليب الحد الأدنى من الصيانة ، والاستدامة المعروف باسم "xeriscaping". هذا
ودعا منطقة Monosurface هي التي زرعت مع النباتات الأصلية في المنطقة الصحراوية ، التي تتطلب حدا أدنى من الري. ممرات متشابكة
مع زرع لتوفير البيئة الطبيعية للتجمع الاجتماعي خلال أيام الشتاء لطيفا أو تحت سماء الليل العربي مرصع بالنجوم.

وسيستمر العمل في بناء المركز الثقافي يبدأ في خريف عام 2009 ؛ ومشروع ومن المقرر أن تكتمل بحلول نهاية عام 2011.
http://ar.culturerocks.com/
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Old April 19th, 2010, 05:07 PM   #8
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Oh shit
What a great building
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Old May 31st, 2010, 08:28 PM   #9
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Wow! Really like the shapes and material use!
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Construction has started!

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Old September 7th, 2010, 10:35 AM   #11
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Its a stunning design. Lets hope it turns out as good as the renders
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Old September 8th, 2010, 05:13 PM   #12
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looks very cool building would be great if they build it
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Knowledge and Culture? In Saudi Arabia? What`s next, Freedom and Diversity?
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Your comment shows what an uneducated person you are.
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Wowww"""""" Great buiding.
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Old September 12th, 2010, 03:52 AM   #16
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That looks like a high tech building in the middle of the desert! Interior colors fit the area.
My exact thoughts!

I really would like to see the cladding from up close. Would be interesting to see how it fares against the sand.
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I really would like to see the cladding from up close. Would be interesting to see how it fares against the sand.
Indeed. This is a picture of some of the façade tests. I cannot confirm if this is was the final façade though, but it can be.

[IMG]http://i56.************/4g3mly.jpg[/IMG]
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On Saudi Arabia? I did. Perhaps you should, too.
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