03 DIRIYAH, KSA CEN­TRE OF AT­TEN­TION

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Diriyah’s Urban Her­itage Ad­min­is­tra­tion Cen­tre is to be de­signed by Zaha Ha­did Ar­chi­tects. The 8780-square me­tre head of­fice of the Her­itage Mu­seum will in­cor­po­rate a per­ma­nent ex­hi­bi­tion gallery, li­brary, lec­ture hall and ed­u­ca­tional spa­ces, plus a sci­en­tific institution for con­duct­ing field re­search and to doc­u­ment ar­chae­o­log­i­cal finds from this UNESCO world her­itage-listed site. Fa­cil­i­ties are or­gan­ised around an atrium with wa­ter at its core, as well as four ‘scooped’ green oases un­der an ap­par­ently solid façade that in fact fea­tures a care­fully per­fo­rated outer skin that pro­tects the in­te­rior from so­lar gain whilst main­tain­ing a vis­ual con­nec­tion with the nat­u­ral sur­round­ings.

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