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King Abdulaziz Center for World Culture

A Saudi story with Snohetta.

To help promote global culture and pride in Saudi Arabia’s heritage, the King Abdulaziz Center for World Culture designed by Snohetta is rising from the desert close to Dhahran in the east of the country. As part of this project we have created two short films - one to tell the story of the building’s concept and creation, and the other to show the excitement and potential of the building in use. The films begin with intriguing imagery of the building growing from the Saudi soil and then weave together new footage of the Saudi landscape and people, high-quality animations, graphics and specially commissioned music.

The building is to be clad in 500km of steel tubing made in roughly 3m sections, each section totally unique. Recreating this façade in 3d was one of our biggest challenges.



London

1-5 Vyner Street

London, E2 9DG

United Kingdom

T: +44 20 7978 7788

E: London Studio

Cheltenham

Royal House

Parabola Road

Cheltenham

GL50 3AH

T: +44 1242 515320

E: Cheltenham Studio

Melbourne

11, 46-50 Regent Street

Richmond 3121

Vic, Australia

T: +61 3 8560 1601

E: Melbourne Studio

New York

​86 Forsyth Street

New York, 10002

USA

T: +1 347 525 1951

E: New York Studio

Dubai

Office 1105

Marina Plaza Building 

P.O.Box: 26917

Dubai, UAE

T: +971 43 392 755

T: +971 56 282 0770

E: Middle East Studio