“I hope that you and the larger public will enjoy the exhibition and that it will inspire, stimulate discussions and raise interesting new questions about architecture in today’s world. I also hope it will lead to exchanges between Prince Sultan University and Norwegian universities.”, the Ambassador said at the opening ceremony.
The exhibition displays some of the unique designs by the renowned Norwegian architectural firm Snøhetta. The firm is known for the importance they attach to the surrounding context and landscape. Snøhetta is also recognized for their sustainable energy solutions, innovation and smart technology.
The exhibition is curated by Eva Madshus from the Norwegian National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design, and is created in close collaboration with the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Through models, photos, film and animation, it displays Snøhetta’s most important and spectacular projects from all over the world.
In Saudi Arabia, the renowned Norwegian architectural firm Snøhetta has designed King Abdulaziz Center for World Culture for Saudi Aramco in Dhahran, as well as stations in the planned metros in both Riyadh and Makkah. Snøhetta is also behind Bibliotheca Alexandrina in Egypt and the Ras al Khaimah Gateway Project in the United Arab Emirates.
“Architecture is uniquely suited to the sharing of influences between cultures, countries and continents.” The Ambassador said in his speech at the opening ceremony. “We all bring our own history and tradition into how we build our homes, public buildings and houses of worship, but these traditions are often mixed with influences from abroad. The use of wood has been prominent in Norwegian architecture. In Saudi Arabia you have other materials to work with. When these different traditions meet, fruitful results can occur.”
Opening hours for the exhibition:
Sunday – Thursday: 09.00 – 12.30 (females)
Sunday – Thursday: 12.30 – 15.00 (males)
Friday – Saturday: 16.00 – 21.00