The project for the King Abdulaziz Center for World Culture is a result of an international competition in which the Norwegian architects Snøhetta has won over other popular architects, including Zaha Hadid and Rem Koolhaas. This cultural complex has an approximate area of 80.000m2, it has several very functional components, but the external elements represent a new character, and the building could be perceived as a new icon in the city of Dhahran (Saudi Arabia).
The inspiration for the idea came from popular rock formations in the Arab country. So the architectural design of this cultural center has as much to do with the history and human creativity. There are rooms which house historical archives, a library, a learning center, a museum with permanent exhibitions, a café, and gift shops.
The central volume of the building is a kind of ‘ tower of knowledge ‘, rising above the rest, different rock formations are as if polished by the wind, but the stainless steel is actually a solid material which was used for the construction. Although the latest technology has been used, the building is still under construction and some new design elements are yet to be seen.