Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Riyadh

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
Foto © Richard Bryant
Foto © Richard Bryant
Foto © Richard Bryant
Foto © Richard Bryant
Foto © Richard Bryant
Foto © Richard Bryant
Foto © Richard Bryant
Foto © Richard Bryant
Henning Larsen
Nasseriya Street, 11124 Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

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.

Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Gross floor area
85,000 m2

Year of construction
1982 - 1984

Type of assignment
First prize in international competition

Progetti collegati

  • Espansione Albergo Croce Bianca⠀
    Studio Gabor Gyenese
  • MEETT Toulouse Exhibition and Convention Centre
    OMA - Office for Metropolitan Architecture
  • Bauart Architekten und Planner - Besmer Plateau Kreuzlingen
    MIYO Visualisierung
  • The Other, the Same
    Vazio S/A
  • 傘の家


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