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.