KING ABDULAZIZ CENTER FOR WORLD CULTURE
Dhahran, Saudi Arabia, 2008–ongoing
The King Abdulaziz Center for World Culture is a bold new initiative on the part of the Saudi Aramco Oil Company to promote cultural development within the Kingdom. Following an invited architectural design competition in 2007, Snøhetta, along with Buro Happold, Lord Cultural Resources, Theatre Projects and Davis Langdon Schumann Smith, has been selected to design this prestigious cultural facility. Lord Cultural Resources is also developing the organizational, programmatic and organizational framework for Ithra. It includes the temporary exhibition programming, strategic positioning and recruitment, and training for the Center's personnel. Dedicated to honoring Arab heritage, connecting Saudis to their culture and bringing world cultures to the Kingdom, the Center aspires to be a powerful stimulus for the development of new ideas, perspectives and relationships.