Saudi Adds A Splash Of Green To Royal Weddings

green design, sustainable design, saudi arabia, royal family, wadi hanifa wetlands, aga khanGreen is the new gold: Saudi solicits sustainable designs for its Royal Wedding Hall.

Known worldwide for their obscene oil wealth, Saudi Arabia has invited international architects to submit sustainable designs for Riyadh’s new royal wedding celebration hall. The brief calls for a regal building that props up the country’s historic legacy without creating a detrimental impact on the natural environment. Celebration Hall in Riyadh’s key diplomatic quarter will overlook the Aga Khan award-winning Wadi Hanifa restored wetlands, as well as the vast desert landscape beyond. Dubai-based Godwin Austen Johnson Architects were among those invited to participate in this challenging competition. Step on in for a brief look at their proposal.

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Naturally the design had to be bold in keeping with Saudi grandeur. These renderings depict the gold-tinted one would expect of a royal wedding hall complete with glitzy lights and what appear to be marble floors. But the outside of the building is significantly more understated.

The desert-colored stepped envelope meshes beautifully with the surroundings, and attempts to reflect the vernacular architecture. Thick walls deflect the high desert temperatures to ensure a comfortable, cool interior, which combined with natural lighting improves the royal hall’s overall energy efficiency.

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That Saudi has insisted on some level of sustainability for such a key building (in the area that plays host to all of the foreign consulates and embassies no less) demonstrates the Kingdom’s commitment to reducing its local energy consumption.

:: Arch Daily

More on Sustainable Development in Saudi Arabia:

Saudi Arabia’s Green Construction Potential

AIA Names Saudi’s KAUST as One of Top 10 Green Projects

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