Ministry of Foreign Affairs

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The building design origins in the quadratic shape of the classical Arabic house and is adjusted to fit a triangular lot surrounded by modern infrastructure and to face Mecca. The building stands on a large plateau and appears very closed from the outside, whereas the inside opens to a diversity of small and large, intimate and monumental rooms with fountains and luscious atriums.

The large simple white interior wall surfaces are counterbalanced by the building's richly patterned marble floors that constitute the main ornamentation. The atmosphere of the rooms is one of serenity and varies with changing angles of lighting, soft splashes of the fountains and light that changes with the sun over the course of the day and the year.

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Project facts

Project facts

Location: Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
Client: Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Gross floor area: 85,000 m2
Year of construction: 1982 - 1984
Type of assignment: First prize in international competition

Location

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  • Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

Contact

Lead Design Architect
tt@henninglarsen.com
Phone: +45 8233 3030
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