Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Riyadh

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
Photo © Richard Bryant
Photo © Richard Bryant
Photo © Richard Bryant
Photo © Richard Bryant
Photo © Richard Bryant
Photo © Richard Bryant
Photo © Richard Bryant
Photo © Richard Bryant
Architects
Henning Larsen
Address
Nasseriya Street, 11124 Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
Year
1984
Client
Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Gross floor area
85,000 m2

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, is a modern office building with a number of specially constructed rooms for social functions. Its introvert exterior as well as paradisiac interior reflect the Islamic architectural tradition of the Middle East.

The building design origins in the quadratic shape of the classical Arabic house and is adjusted to fit a triangular lot surrounded by modern infrastructure and to face Mecca. The building stands on a large plateau and appears very closed from the outside, whereas the inside opens to a diversity of small and large, intimate and monumental rooms with fountains and luscious atriums.

The large simple white interior wall surfaces are counterbalanced by the building's richly patterned marble floors that constitute the main ornamentation. The atmosphere of the rooms is one of serenity and varies with changing angles of lighting, soft splashes of the fountains and light that changes with the sun over the course of the day and the year.

Related Projects

  • inklusives Wohnquartier
    czerner göttsch architekten
  • 6280.CH Coworking Hub
    Evolution Design
  • Hohes Holz auf der Lichtung | Neubau Büro- und Verwaltungsgebäude für die Ziegler Group
    Brückner & Brückner Architekten
  • Turning Gray into Green : Meishe River Greenway and Fengxiang Park, Haikou,China
    Turenscape
  • Tongnan Dafosi Wetland Park
    Turenscape

Magazine

Other Projects by Henning Larsen

Scandinavian Golf Club
Farum, Denmark
Campus Roskilde
Roskilde, Denmark
The Opera in Copenhagen
Copenhagen, Denmark
Umeå Art Museum
Umeå, Sweden
Umeå School of Architecture
Umeå, Sweden
Harpa - Reykjavik Concert Hall and Conference Centre
Reykjavik, Iceland