Overview

The Celebration Hall interiors intuitively follow the lines of both the architecture and the urban context of the building. The exterior and interior boundaries are deliberately blurred. Floor-to-ceiling windows, along with skylights in the roof, flood the space with natural light. Water pools flowing into the hall and the majlis from outside courtyards add to the seamless transition between indoors and outdoors. The interior walls are clad in a similar style to the external walls, giving them solidity as well as a sense of belonging to the space. The tones of the walls and floors are inspired by shades of sand found in the local landscape. This creates a neutral backdrop for the luxurious palette of alabaster, Calcatta Oro marble, honey sand stone, embossed leather and gold accents that bring a sense of extravagance to the space.

Project Details

  • Location: Riyadh,  KSA
  • Type: Public Sector / Civic
  • Scope: Architecture | Interior Design
  • Year: 2012 (Concept Design)

The Main Hall is a sculptural place with a serene and tranquil feel

The text of a famous wedding poem in Arabic relief calligraphy adorns a large expanse of wall, inviting crowds to pause and reflect. The dynamic lines on the ceiling add a sense of drama, and those lines are carried through to the walls and floors, giving the whole area a fluid feel. A dome-like element within the space emphasises the theatrical feel; the angular walls and columns are designed to meet the ceiling in a way that draws the eye to this feature.

The grandeur of the building is heightened in the Main Majlis

Where the entire ceiling has a faceted skin made of back-lit alabaster. Uncut Swarovski crystals are suspended from this skin by transparent strings, exaggerating its form. This intricately detailed lighting feature is free-flowing across the entire ceiling. This not only makes it visually arresting; it also makes the space flexible by allowing seats to be arranged in any form. Finally, the edge of the outside courtyard penetrates into the majlis, building on the interior-exterior relationship that runs throughout the space.