This complex is part of the Saudi National Museum and is built over the old King Abdul Aziz quarter, a mud brick ensemble dating from the early 1900s. The project contains a memorial hall, a car exhibition, an academic section, and a recreational garden, and is designed to wrap the existing mud brick structure with a new envelope to achieve urban and temporal continuity.
al-Asad, Mohammad. 2012. "Cultural Projects: An Enthusiastic Embrace". In Contemporary Architecture and Urbanism in the Middle East, 68-97. Gainesville: University Press of Florida
Beginning at the end of the first Gulf War, the Middle East entered a new era of architectural and urban development defined by increased levels of globalization and private sector investment. In the decade that followed, the region was home to a wealth of architectural projects that challenged conventional thinking about architecture and the Middle East itself. Mohammad al-Asad provides an in-depth examination of an abundance of these projects, from homes and schools to hotels and religious centers. Contemporary Architecture and Urbanism in the Middle East examines the economic, political, and cultural context in which the projects were created. The book’s photographs bring attention to previously unaddressed aspects of modern Arabic architecture, highlighting local talent emerging throughout the region.