King Abdulaziz Center for World Culture

Dhahran, Saudi Arabia

A Saudi Aramco initiative, this one-of-a-kind cultural destination was designed to build cultural bridges, encourage creativity, and inspire young minds. A hub of knowledge and culture, the  1.1 million square foot center features an Idea Lab, Library, Knowledge Tower, two museums, archives, and three event and performance spaces. A 900-seat multipurpose theatre features a movable stage to accommodate over 80 musicians for orchestral performances, as well as a full fly tower, robust support spaces, and 62 motorized curtains. We designed the theatre with the flexibility to change artistic programming as audience expectations develop. To support educational films, lectures, and the emerging Saudi film industry, we designed an intimate 300-seat cinema. The center’s main conference space, The Great Hall, is a 17,222 square foot flexible conference space with versatile rigging and performance lighting and flexible staging, capable of presenting large-scale travelling exhibitions, social events, banquets and conferences. 

King Abdulaziz Center for World Culture
Credit: Theatre Projects
Owner

Saudi Aramco

Architect

Snøhetta

Acoustician

Buro Happold

Users

Programming, concept design, theatre planning, stage engineering, theatre equipment design and specification

Seat count

300, 900

Construction type

New construction

Theatre type

Arts center, Flexible theatre, Multipurpose theatre, Cinema, Conference center

Services

Programming, concept design, theatre planning, theatre equipment design and specification, and stage engineering

Completion

2018

Venue website

kingabdulazizcenter.com

King Abdulaziz Center for World Culture
Credit: Theatre Projects

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