Construction & Real Estate

Work starts on new arts complex at Riyadh's King Salman Park

Saudi-based King Salman Park Foundation has broken ground on Royal Arts Complex, a major development coming up on a 500,000-sq m-area in capital Riyadh featuring a museum, national theatre, an outdoor amphitheatre, academies, artist studios and cinema halls. 
 
Providing visitors with one-of-a-kind experiences, the Royal Arts Complex will be the centre of Riyadh’s art and culture scene, contributing to the creation of a rich and varied cultural legacy.
 
It was designed by the late Spanish architect Ricardo Bofill, renowned for many iconic landmarks around Europe, Asia, and the US. Setting a striking balance between modern and traditional architectural values, it embraces Salmani architectural design, which honours the Saudi traditions. 
 
The complex is set to offer immersive experiences catering to culture and art in all its forms, said the statement from King Salman Park Foundation.
 
The Royal Arts Complex comprises a museum, standing 106 m tall and representing the anchor asset of the complex, in addition to a library, dedicated artist studios, as well as an institute that includes three academies, with its own 600-seat capacity auditorium. 
 
Artists will have the remarkable opportunity to showcase their talents in the Dome, which is an architectural marvel and an exhibit in itself, due to its pure and unique spheroid form.
 
Visual entertainment at the Royal Arts Complex will come in the forms of the National Theater, a multi-performance 2,300 seating capacity venue, as well as a medium theater with a 650-seating capacity, and three cinema halls, it added.
 
The Foundation said the park will deliver a holistic experience that provides a variety of environmental, cultural, sports, artistic, and entertainment options to improve the quality of life in the city, supporting the realization of Vision 2030, led by Saudi King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman, to create a vibrant and healthy society and boost the global ranking of Riyadh amongst the “world's top liveable cities”.
 
Strategically located in the capital Riyadh over a 16-sq-km area, the King Salman Park is linked to several main roads, as well as the Public Transport Project that includes Riyadh’s train and bus network, making it easily accessible for residents and visitors alike, it added.-TradeArabia News Service