AACC, Dar al-Uloum Library/

Sakaka - Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, 2018


Abdulrahman Al Sudairy

Gross area

7.585 sqm

Construction cost

1.100.000 $

4th Prize Award

Achieving a position on the short-list among the first five participants, this project presents a unique blend of technology and antique architectural techniques.
Walls are made of raw earth, which ensure 40 centimeters (more than 15 inches) of freshness and constant air circulation.

The façade is made with precast molds, and reproduces a very ‘60s aesthetic style. The project focuses on expanding the existing spaces, to create an entirely new building that host up-to-date technical resources and is a safe and welcoming place for both men and women.

The library aims to complete the digitalization of its volumes, to meet international standards for modern libraries.
The outdoor area proposes two main public spaces, which serve as canopied squares. Two ramps embrace the main hall, which, thanks to its sloped positioning, can be used as an auditorium.
The building includes a third high-level structure and a new block, for a project that looks at the future of culture and socialization.