Location: Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
Client: Al Ra'idah Investment Company
Designed with FXFOWLE Architects, The Museum of the Built Environment is located within the King Abdullah Financial District (KAFD), a new mixed-use sustainable urban community near the center of the city of Riyadh. The museum will be home to permanent and temporary exhibitions showcasing the development of art and architecture within the Arabian Peninsula.
The building form references the natural landscapes, land formations, and early architecture of the UNESCO World Heritage sites of Madain Saleh and At-Turaif. The formal expression of a raised solid crystalline form, opaque housing the galleries, with a chiseled transparent base highlighting the public areas.
The building also houses a monorail station which serves as a public transport hub for the immediate neighborhood. MoBE is connected to adjoining parcels through a network of skybridges.