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How a Norwegian architect built the biggest cultural centre of Saudi Arabia

It’s called Snøhetta. Based in cold Oslo, this Norwegian firm has designed an architectural gem in Dharan, The King Abdulaziz Center for World Culture.

Dhahran has recently gained a new architectural masterpiece. The King Abdulaziz Center for World Culture has been designed by the Norwegian architecture firm Snøhetta. It’s a project of Saudi Aramco Oil Company to promote cultural development.

The Center has a total area of over 70,000 square meters and the main building is seen to be suspended. There are an auditorium, a cinema, a library, an exhibition hall, a museum and an archive. The library contains 200,000 books on open access. The center represents a new strong landmark for the region of Dhahran.