Situated on the edge of the UNESCO historic Diriyah (Capital of the First Saudi State), the design of this unique complex is inspired by the ruins of the old city and its impressive network of defensive walls.


The design involves a series of heavy walls that rise out of the ground and contrast with a rhythm of “light” boxes that contain the functions of the building. The interplay between tradition and modernity plays itself out in this relationship between the rough walls and the intricate habitable spaces.

The building sits on the site where the primary fortification wall of the city used to run. The revival of this wall is the starting point of the public exhibition. The visitor is led to the main entry lobby by way of the fortified wall being recreated in the spot where it once was. Where it intersects the building is where the visitor enters and starts a journey of architectural heritage exploration!


National Architectural Heritage Exhibition