King Abdul Aziz Historic Center
Client: Royal Commission for Riyadh City
Location: Riyadh - Saudi Arabia
Services Provided: Design Competition, Design & Architectural Supervision
Total Built-up Area: 13,000 m2 (first part only)
Construction Cost: US $ 25,000,000
Starting Date: 1996 Design - 1997 Supervision
Completion Date: 1997 Design - 1999 Supervision
1996 - Inspired by the architectural heritage of Najd, the King Abdul Aziz Historic Center (KAHC), which was completed in the year 1999, combines the historical characteristics and traditional features of the old buildings with a sense of modernity, while considering all valuable and natural aspects of the site. The complex consists of three main segments, including the Darat al-Malik Abdulaziz building, Al-Murabba Palace and the National Museum, along with King Abdul Aziz Mosque, which are all clustered into a traditional urban fabric of courtyards and narrow alleys.
DAO was in charge of designing the general masterplan, the Darat building, renovating the existing Diwan at Al Murabba Palace, and renovating and enveloping the existing King Abdulaziz Mosque in contrast with the rest of the development.