Zaha Hadid Architects wins competition to design Saudi Arabia heritage centre

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Zaha Hadid Architects (ZHA) has won a competition to design the Urban Heritage Administration Centre in Diriyah, Saudi Arabia.

The prestigious firm has created a sleek, undulating design in Hadid’s signature style of metallic curves, celebrating Diriyah’s role as a natural oasis.

The centre’s perforated double façade scoops into expanses of glazing, connecting the interior to the exterior while protecting the inside from the hot desert sun. In the centre of the building, a large atrium showcases a dramatic water feature, before branching off into a variety of spaces, including a gallery, a library, and a scientific institute.

ZHA said: ‘The design relates to Diriyah’s local vernacular, not through mimicry or a limiting adherence to references of the past, but by developing a deeper understanding of its traditions and composition—expressed in a contemporary interpretation informed by the same natural forces that defined Diryah’s historical architecture.’

Discover the striking design in more detail here.

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