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    • Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Riyadh

      The Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Riyadh is one of Henning Larsen's most significant projects. Its poetic combination of Nordic simplicity and local building traditions has spearheaded the development of our projects ever since, and still does today.

      • Location:
        • Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
      • Area:
        • 85,000 m² (914,932 ft²)
      • Year:
        • 1984
      • Status:
      • Client:
        • Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Riyadh
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  • Although designed in the 1980’s, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Riyadh remains a modern office building of international class. Within its protective walls, the building opens up as a labyrinth of intimate and monumental spaces, narrow corridors, and vigorous courtyards.

    This also represents the prevailing quality of the building – its unique balance between monumental representation rooms and intimate spaces in human scale. In developing this balanced hierarchy, the use of indirect daylight has played a very special role. Our team in Saudi Arabia recently completed an extensive restoration and upgrading of the historical building, including the integration of an extra floor level in the roof.