The Influence of Najdi Mud-Brick Structures on the New Snøhetta Opera House in Saudi Arabia

The Influence of Najdi Mud-Brick Structures on the New Snøhetta Opera House in Saudi Arabia

Snøhetta, the architecture firm, has shared its plans for an opera house in Diriyah, Saudi Arabia. Taking inspiration from the area's traditional Najdi architecture, the Royal Diriyah Opera House is located on the outskirts of Riyadh and can host up to 3,500 people. It boasts a 2,000-seat opera theater, two 450-seat multipurpose theaters, and a 450-seat covered rooftop amphitheatre. The construction of the opera house is set to finish in 2028. Read more about it below on SURFACES REPORTER (SR):

Extraordinary Textured Facades

As part of the broader redevelopment plan for Diriyah, known for its mud-brick structures, Snøhetta's design incorporates textured facades made from palm, stone, and earth, inspired by the vernacular architecture and the nearby Wadi Hanifah valley's riverbeds.

The concept revolves around the transformative nature of earth from riverbeds, cracked under the hot sun, molded by wind and rain, resulting in distinct forms.

Impressive Seating Capacity

The cluster of buildings appears to rise from the ground, featuring open passages throughout. The opera house will house a 2,000-seat opera theatre, two 450-seat multipurpose theatres, and a 450-seat rooftop amphitheatre. In addition to performance spaces, the design includes a cafe, retail space, public gardens, and shaded outdoor areas, seamlessly integrating public spaces to enhance both cultural and recreational experiences.

Snøhetta's co-founder, Kjetil Trædal Thorsen, emphasizes the project's aim to connect the area's rich history with contemporary culture, underlining the significance of the arts in building future communities. 

The Royal Diriyah Opera House aligns with Snøhetta's commitment to innovative cultural projects globally, as seen in their diverse portfolio, including an elliptical planetarium in France and a mass-timber museum extension in the US with a striking oculus design.


Post Your Comment

"Content that powers your Business. News that keeps you informed."

Surfaces Reporter is one of India's leading media in Print & Digital Telecast for News on Interiors & Architecture Projects, Products, Building Materials, and the Business of Design! Since 2011, it serves as a referral for designers & architects to know about inspiring projects and source new products. If you have a Product or Project worth publishing in Surfaces Reporter, please email us or you can also submit your project online.

Like Surfaces Reporter on Facebook | Follow us on Twitter and Instagram | Subscribe to our magazine | Sign Up for the FREE Surfaces Reporter Magazine Newsletter

Snøhettas Elliptical Planetarium in France, Wrapped in Poplar Wood, Inspired by Stellar Motions

This building is like a spiral-shaped planetarium and observatory. While the entire structure is about celebrating space and stars, SURFACES REPORTER (SR) focuses on the interesting materials used in Orionis facade that shows Snøhettas unique design style

Read more

3XNs Unique Sailboat-inspired Design for a Retail Building in Baltimore | Danish Architecture Firm

Danish architecture firm 3XN will design a retail building in Baltimore inspired by sailboats, resembling stepped floors, as part of the areas makeover near the Inner Harbor.

Read more

Zaha Hadid Architects Reveals Crystal-Inspired Skyscraper Plan in Neom | Saudi Arabia

Zaha Hadid Architects have shared their plans for an impressive 330-meter-tall skyscraper in the Trojena ski resort, part of the Neom development in Saudi Arabia. REad more about the project below on SURFACES REPORTER (SR).

Read more

Awe-Inspiring Wood and Clay Sculptures Take Over Saudi Arabias Pavilion at Venice Biennale 2023

At the 2023 Venice Architecture Biennale, the National Pavilion of Saudi Arabia put together an exhibition called ‘IRTH’ (meaning ‘legacy’ in Arabic). This captivating, multi-faceted show has been curated by Basma and Noura Bouzo and was designed by architect AlBara Saimaldahar.

Read more

This is alt