London-based architectural firm Zaha Hadid Architects (ZHA) won the design competition for the Urban Heritage Administration Centre in Saudi Arabia, according to a statement by ZHA last week.
The 8,780 square meter Urban Heritage Administration Centre will be the head office of the Heritage Museum and will play a key role in preserving Diriyah’s UNESCO world heritage listed site.
The centre will also host an exhibition gallery, a library, a lecture hall and educational spaces as well as a scientific institution for field research and documentation.
The design competition for the centre was started in 2015. ZHA stated its design is intended to engage with its geographical and cultural context.