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Andrew Bromberg of Aedas Designs Abdul Latif Jameel's Corporate Headquarters in Jeddah

12:00 - 29 April, 2016
Courtesy of Aedas and AsymmetricA
Courtesy of Aedas and AsymmetricA

Aedas has unveiled the design for Abdul Latif Jameel's Corporate Headquarters in the port city of Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. Currently under construction, the open plan office will provide a centralized facility for 2,500 employees for Abdul Latif Jameel, the largest independently owned Toyota distributor in the world. Designed by Andrew Bromberg of Aedas, the Abdul Latif Jameel headquarters will be on a site north of Al-Balad, Jeddah's historic center, near the airport and the Prince Majid Road, a north to south thoroughfare. The headquarters project will be adjacent to existing Abdul Latif Jameel facilities including a Vehicle Service Center, workshop space, offices, a training center, and vehicle stockyard.

Courtesy of Aedas and Labtop Rendering Courtesy of Aedas and AsymmetricA Courtesy of Aedas and AsymmetricA 3rd Floor +8

Mossessian Architecture Selected to Design an Islamic Faith Museum in Mecca

06:00 - 20 January, 2016
Mossessian Architecture Selected to Design an Islamic Faith Museum in Mecca, Courtesy of Mossessian Architecture
Courtesy of Mossessian Architecture

London based Mossessian Architecture, in collaboration with Paris based exhibition architects Studio Adeline Rispal, has won a competition to design a museum of Islamic faith in the city of Mecca

The Makkah Museum will be located seven kilometers from the Grand Holy Mosque, which is visited by millions of Muslims each year. The museum "will offer a unique interpretation and reflection of faith to the millions of Muslims who visit Makkah from around the world and who, up until this point, have had no cultural institution of this kind to enhance their visit to the holiest of Muslim cities," write the architects.

AD Classics: Hajj Terminal, King Abdulaziz Airport / SOM

07:00 - 17 December, 2015
AD Classics: Hajj Terminal, King Abdulaziz Airport / SOM, Image courtesy SOM. Image © Jay Langlois | Owens-Corning
Image courtesy SOM. Image © Jay Langlois | Owens-Corning

The Hajj Terminal at the King Abdulaziz Airport in Jeddah, is no ordinary airport terminal. Designed by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill as part of the master plan for the broader airport and air force base facility, the Hajj Terminal, officially inaugurated in 1981, was purpose-built for the influx of religious pilgrims that stream into Saudi Arabia for just a few weeks each year as part of the annual Hajj pilgrimage to Mecca. The Hajj has been a part of Islam since the religion’s founding–it is one of the “five pillars” of Islam–but with the advent of jumbo jets and government subsidized pilgrimage trips from Muslim countries around the world, the number of Hajjis soared from an average of 50,000 in the 1960s to 500,000 in 1975.[1] SOM’s massive Teflon-coated fiberglass tent-like structure would accommodate 950,000 Hajjis by 1985, and today millions of pilgrims pass through the facility each year during the Hajj.

Conference: Leaders in Architecture MENA

09:36 - 16 December, 2015
Conference: Leaders in Architecture MENA

Leaders in Architecture MENA is dedicated to developing, celebrating and connecting architects, interior designers and senior decision makers from leading international architectural practices, contractors, developers, government officials, engineers and solution providers. Gathering the most senior industry professionals from across the world, the summit provides a unique opportunity to learn from and get inspired by leaders, luminaries, and legends from within and outside architecture, set future business plans and appreciate breathtaking and daring architecture.

The World’s Largest Current Construction Projects

08:00 - 2 December, 2015
The World’s Largest Current Construction Projects, via Foam Fabricators
via Foam Fabricators

All over the world, projects are being built. From pavilions to skyscrapers, the range of scales is tremendous, and even among the multitude, some projects stand head and shoulders above the rest in terms of sheer size, cost, and ambition. The following infographic collects eight of the largest projects that are currently in construction all over the world. With countries like Egypt, the United Kingdom, China, and The United Arab Emirates represented, they showcase a definite diversity while supporting the trend of extreme growth throughout Asia and the Middle-East that has been prevalent in the past decade - the UAE alone hosting three of the eight projects.

Some projects comprise multiple buildings – the Yas Island Complex in Abu Dhabi already features landmarks like the Yas Island Yacht Club and the Yas Hotel - while others are a single, massive piece of infrastructure like the Great Man-Made River Project in Libya. See them all after the break.

Mecca to Build the World's Largest Hotel

12:38 - 22 May, 2015
Mecca to Build the World's Largest Hotel, Abraj Kudai hotel . Image © Dar Al-Handasah via The Guardian
Abraj Kudai hotel . Image © Dar Al-Handasah via The Guardian

Mecca has unveiled plans to build the world's largest hotel by 2017. The 10,000-room Abraj Kudai hotel will be built in the Manafia district, just south of the Grand Mosque. It will be a city within a city, hosting 70 restaurants, food courts, a bus station, shopping mall, conference center, ballroom and five floors dedicated entirely to the Saudi royal family; all will be set within a cluster of 12 towers standing atop a 10-story podium and centered around a massive dome.

KAPSARC Housing / HOK

23:00 - 4 April, 2015
KAPSARC Housing / HOK, © Alan Karchmer
© Alan Karchmer
  • Architects

  • Location

    Riyadh Saudi Arabia
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

© Alan Karchmer © Alan Karchmer © Alan Karchmer © Alan Karchmer +16

KAPSARC Mosque / HOK

23:00 - 31 March, 2015
KAPSARC Mosque / HOK, © Abdulrahman Alolyan
© Abdulrahman Alolyan

© Abdulrahman Alolyan © Abdulrahman Alolyan © Abdulrahman Alolyan © Abdulrahman Alolyan +17

Foster + Partners Chosen to Design New Transport System for Jeddah

16:00 - 30 March, 2015
© Foster + Partners
© Foster + Partners

Foster + Partners has been appointed through an international competition to develop the “architectural vision” for Jeddah’s city-wide public transport plan. The commission, made official today by the Makkah Province governor, seeks to establish a “long-term, sustainable” city network plan that will foster flexible growth and achieve efficiency through the integration of all modes of transportation, including metro, ferry, bus and cycle.

“The comprehensive plan extends from the design of the stations to the trains and branding,” said Foster + Partners. “In addition, the development of the metro system will create a new urban amenity for the city of Jeddah at key locations below the elevated track.” The masterplan will also allocate space for public squares and various nodes of development.

Foster + Partners Selected for $12 Billion Metro Project in Jeddah

00:00 - 3 October, 2014
Foster + Partners Selected for $12 Billion Metro Project in Jeddah, Last Thursday, Foster was awarded the BIA Award for his design of Metro Bilbao. Image © Flickr CC User Jacqueline Poggi
Last Thursday, Foster was awarded the BIA Award for his design of Metro Bilbao. Image © Flickr CC User Jacqueline Poggi

According to the Architects' Journal, Foster + Partners has been selected to design all 46 stations of the new $12 billion metro system in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia - a commission that could earn the practice up to £100 million ($160 million) in fees. Planned for a 2020 completion date and a 2022 opening, the metro project aims to remove 30% of Jeddah's traffic within the next 20 years, a significant goal as until now public transport has not been popular: currently just one or two percent of commuters in the city use public transport.

Rafael de La-Hoz Arquitectos Takes a Page Out of the Quran to Design a Natural Oasis

01:00 - 22 August, 2014
Rafael de La-Hoz Arquitectos Takes a Page Out of the Quran to Design a Natural Oasis, Courtesy of Rafael de La-Hoz Arquitectos
Courtesy of Rafael de La-Hoz Arquitectos

Drawing both literal and theoretical inspiration from the Islamic Holy Book, Rafael de La-Hoz Arquitectos earned an Honourable Mention for their design proposal of a habitable natural oasis for the Noble Quran International Competition in Saudi Arabia.

Understanding the significance of the location’s proximity to Islam’s second holiest city and the Capital of Islamic Culture, Rafael de La-Hoz aimed to create a memorable and iconic Islamic Landmark. Therefore, the Quran itself was chosen as the primary source of physical and contextual understanding, the most significant vessel of knowledge for the people and the location.

Courtesy of Rafael de La-Hoz Arquitectos Courtesy of Rafael de La-Hoz Arquitectos Courtesy of Rafael de La-Hoz Arquitectos Courtesy of Rafael de La-Hoz Arquitectos +10

Erick van Egeraat Designs Pedestrianized City Center in Saudi Arabia

01:00 - 4 August, 2014
Erick van Egeraat Designs Pedestrianized City Center in Saudi Arabia, Aerial View. Image © (designed by) Erick van Egeraat BV
Aerial View. Image © (designed by) Erick van Egeraat BV

Erick van Egeraat have released images of their design for the city center of Unayzah in Saudi Arabia. Thanks to a 4-lane ring road and an underground thoroughfare linking to underground parking, the 58 hectare site will be entirely pedestrianized at ground level, featuring 70,000 square meters of shopping areas, a gold market, apartments, and offices, all of which will join the city's existing central mosque.

More on the city center design after the break

Ricardo Bofill's Winning Proposal for the The Noble Qur'an Oasis Competition

01:00 - 9 July, 2014
Ricardo Bofill's Winning Proposal for the The Noble Qur'an Oasis Competition, Noble Qur'an Oasis in Medina, Saudi Arabia. Image Courtesy of Ricardo Bofill Taller de Arquitectura
Noble Qur'an Oasis in Medina, Saudi Arabia. Image Courtesy of Ricardo Bofill Taller de Arquitectura

Ricardo Bofill Taller de Arquitectura and Gerber Architekten have tied for first place in a competition to design a cultural and civic Islamic center in Saudi Arabia, beating several well known international competitors, including Zaha Hadid Architects and gmp Architekten. The ultimate winner will be announced at a later date.

Ricardo Bofill's proposal for the center, which is meant to foster the research, study and transmission of the Qur'an, takes geometric inspiration from traditional Islamic cities:

"The first Islamic city had a circular plan, with all spaces being enclosed in the circle representing the elemental symbol of unity and the ultimate source of diversity in creation. This traditional city, or rather the idea of this city, serves as the base and the essence for the creation of the Islamic modern city. Such a background has led us to choose a circular concept as the main representational shape of the project for The Noble Qur'an Oasis. This unique civic and cultural landmark, with its sleek, minimalist design, is a symbolic container where the Islamic science and culture will be displayed."

Read the architect's description of their design, after the break.  

Noble Qur'an Oasis in Medina, Saudi Arabia. Image Courtesy of Ricardo Bofill Taller de Arquitectura Noble Qur'an Oasis in Medina, Saudi Arabia. Image Courtesy of Ricardo Bofill Taller de Arquitectura Noble Qur'an Oasis in Medina, Saudi Arabia. Image Courtesy of Ricardo Bofill Taller de Arquitectura Noble Qur'an Oasis in Medina, Saudi Arabia. Image Courtesy of Ricardo Bofill Taller de Arquitectura +17

Mega-Tall Skyscrapers Herald Economic Depression, Says Barclays

00:00 - 5 May, 2014
Mega-Tall Skyscrapers Herald Economic Depression, Says Barclays, Kingdom Tower. Image © Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture
Kingdom Tower. Image © Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture

The world economy has endured a series of crises over the past century, and architecture has recently been recognized as a harbinger of these crises. Two years ago, British finance group Barclays released an index of skyscraper construction projects that correlate with the occurrence of economic downturns since 1873. Many of the tallest buildings in the world have been built at times of severe economic struggle, the most recent being Dubai's Burj Khalifa, built during the Great Recession of 2007 through 2010. According to Barclays, "the world’s tallest buildings are simply the edifice of a broader skyscraper building boom, reflecting a widespread misallocation of capital and an impending economic correction."

All the major financial crises in the past century, and the buildings that predicted them after the break...

Construction Slated to Begin on 1km Kingdom Tower

01:00 - 27 March, 2014
Construction Slated to Begin on 1km Kingdom Tower, Kingdom Tower. Image © Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture
Kingdom Tower. Image © Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture

Work on Kingdom Tower is moving forward, as above-ground construction is slated to begin April 27. Rising over 1000 meters (3,280 feet), the $1.2 billion skyscraper is expected to be the world’s tallest, surpassing the 828 meter tall Burj Khalifa upon completion in 2017.

King Fahad National Library / Gerber Architekten

01:00 - 22 January, 2014
King Fahad National Library / Gerber Architekten, © Christian Richters
© Christian Richters
  • Architects

  • Location

    Riyadh Saudi Arabia
  • Project Architect

    Thomas Lücking
  • Structural

    Bollinger & Grohmann Ingenieure
  • Contractor

    Saudi Bin Laden
  • Photographs

© Christian Richters © Christian Richters © Christian Richters © Christian Richters +21

Princess Nora Bint Abdulrahman University / Perkins+Will

01:00 - 20 November, 2013
Princess Nora Bint Abdulrahman University / Perkins+Will, © Bill Lyons
© Bill Lyons
  • Architects

  • Location

    Riyadh Saudi Arabia
  • Contractor

    Saudi Oger, Saudi Binladen Group, El Seif Engineering Contracting Co.
  • Master Plan

    David Hansen, FAIA, LEED AP, Design Director
  • Area

    3000000.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2011
  • Photographs

© Bill Lyons © Bill Lyons © Bill Lyons © Bill Lyons +27

Museum of the Built Environment / FXFOWLE Architects

01:00 - 29 October, 2013
Museum of the Built Environment / FXFOWLE Architects, © FXFOWLE Architects
© FXFOWLE Architects

The King Abdullah Financial District (KAFD) is a new 55-million-square-foot mixed-use urban community in Riyadh. Among its public buildings under construction is FXFOWLE Architects’ Museum of the Built Environment (MOBE), which explores the role of social, economic, and environmental issues in the development of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the larger region. The museum will exhibit works related to the history of the arts and architecture on the Arabian peninsula, as well as document trends in sustainable thinking and their role in the future of the built environment. The museum puts the traditionally private culture of Saudi Arabia on display, creating a building for residents and visitors.