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AD has unveiled the long-expected Top 100 Interior Designers to follow in 2017 and Snøhetta is one of the acclaimed names. This interior design and architecture firm counts with an amazing reputation due to its works, which include the design of the great Alexandria Library in Egypt, the National September 11 Memorial Museum Pavilion in New York, the King Abdulaziz Center for World Culture in Saudi Arabia and other impressive projects. And it was because of these and other works that Snøhetta was included in this coveted top 100 Interior Designers and Architects.
The Pavilion acts as a bridge between two worlds with its low, horizontal form and its inspiring geometry – between the Memorial and the Museum, the above and below, the light and dark, as well as collective and individual experiences.
At the atrium, there stand two structural columns rescued from the original towers. Although removed from their former location and function, they mark the location of their own original aesthetic gesture.
The King Abdulaziz Center for World Culture was designed for the oil company Saudi Aramco in the city of Dhahran and this cultural center will contain over 100 000 square meters.
“The museum and archive facilities connect the vibrant cultural life of the center to the past and to the very roots of the society from which this center is conceived,” said the design studio, “a cultural landmark on a regional, national and global horizon”.
Inside the building, we can find an auditorium of 930 seats, which will host opera, classical music concerts, and speeches or conferences. The building provides also a smaller auditorium which will act as a cinema, as well as an open-access library with 200,000 books stored and an exhibition hall to feature exhibitions, conferences, and other events.