Client: Royal Commission for Riyadh City Location: Riyadh - Saudi ArabiaServices Provided: Design Competition, Architectural, Engineering, Landscape & Interior Design + SupervisionTotal Built-up Area: 44,000 m2Construction Cost: US $ 60,000,000Starting Date: 1984 Design - 1988 SupervisionCompletion Date: 1985 Design - 1992 SupervisionProject Description:
After being honored with the first prize in an international architectural competition in 1988, the Justice Palace, also known as ‘Qasr Al Hokm’, gained further recognition by receiving the Aga Khan Award for Architecture during the 1995 cycle. Over the years, since its completion, this iconic building has emerged as a cornerstone for academic research and publications.
At the foundation of Salmani Architecture's approach for the project was the vision to rejuvenate Central Riyadh. This was achieved by harnessing its rich historic urban and architectural heritage. Strategies included enhancing the existing streets and weaving landscape plazas and pathways to seamlessly link the architectural elements, rooting them deeply in the essence of Najdi architecture.
Dar Al Omran, along with the inspired minds of Rasem Badran and Sami Al Sabbagh, was instrumental in crafting the interior design. The theme gravitated towards a contemporary reinterpretation of local traditions, evident in the spatial organization, detailing, color palette, and material selection.
Reflecting on the endeavor, Rasem Badran mentioned, “Our participation in the Justice Palace project competition was an outcome of long research. It was deeply rooted from the analytical study of every facet of our environment”.