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UK £50.00
US $70.00
Hardback with jacket
208 pages
350 illustrations
34.6 x 28 cm (13.75 x 11.25 in)
ISBN: 978-1-8589-4714-3
Published in the UK May 2024
Published in the US August 2024
Contemporary Architecture in Saudi Arabia

Christopher Masters

Contemporary Architecture in Saudi Arabia celebrates the Kingdom’s remarkable architectural achievements over the past 50 years and explores some of the exciting building projects due for completion by the end of the decade. Since the mid-1970s, there has been unprecedented construction in the Kingdom, much of which has involved high-profile architects and engineers from Saudi Arabia and around the world. They have produced buildings that are often highly innovative in their style, sustainability, construction techniques and materials, while drawing on the country’s rich architectural heritage and taking account of environmental and climatic factors. Through detailed case studies, this new book shows how innovation has been combined with an interest in conservation and urban regeneration, as well as a concern for the social and human impact of architectural and planning decisions. From commercial developments and government and civic buildings to cultural and leisure facilities and palaces and mosques, a wide variety of projects are featured. While some have a strong basis in vernacular styles, others are daring, visionary designs, among them NEOM, an ambitious development incorporating a smart, car-free city known as The Line. All projects embody an aspiration to improve society through architecture and environment, to create cities that are fit for the challenges of the future. Lavishly illustrated with plans, drawings and photographs, this timely volume highlights a field of architecture that has international importance and relevance and deserves to be more widely known outside the region.

 

A superb building-by-building survey of contemporary architecture in Saudi Arabia, the first such book of its kind

Includes case studies of over 30 outstanding projects from the last 50 years, as well as previews of buildings due for completion by 2030

Among the featured international and Saudi architects are Ateliers Jean Nouvel, Beeah, Bjarke Ingels Group, Foster + Partners, Henning Larsen, HOK, Omrania and SOM

An introductory essay outlines the built heritage of the Kingdom and the rapid economic and architectural developments of recent decades

Published in association with OR Media Books

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Author Profile

Christopher Masters is a writer and lecturer on art and architecture. He was a contributing editor to the Grove Dictionary of Art and has written for such publications as The Times, Modern Painters, World of Interiors, Burlington Magazine and Condé Nast Traveller. His previous books include Renaissance (2008), Art of the Middle East (2010), Windows in Art (2011) and Windows in Architecture (2023), all published by Merrell. 

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