Al Faisaliah

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia


The Al Faisaliah Centre, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

Architect: Foster + Partners
Client: King Faisal Foundation
Project Size: 21,750 sq feet
Date: 2000

The opening of the Al Faisaliah Complex in Riyadh was celebrated in spectacular style on Sunday 14th May 2000 in the presence of HRH Prince Sultan bin Abdul-Aziz, Second Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defence and Aviation. The opening ceremony was concluded with a firework display seen by 2000 invited guests and thousands of others who lined the streets around the complex.

The Al Faisaliah Complex, is situated in the main commercial district of Riyadh is a major step forward in the urban development of the city. The complex is a mixed-use development consisting of Saudi Arabia's first skyscraper - a distinctive 267 metre-high office tower; a five-star international hotel; a banqueting and conference centre; luxury apartments and a three-storey retail complex.

A dramatic five-storey lobby at the tower's base forms a link between the hotel to the north and the apartments and shopping mall to the south. The lobby's spectacular 81m wide, 24m high coloured glass wall by British artist Brian Clarke is the largest art work of its kind ever created. The art work's desert theme is interspersed with images representing regional, natural and environmental features of Saudi Arabia.

2,020 metres of stained glass makes this project Brian Clarke's largest architectural work to date and also the largest stained glass window in the world. The Al Faisaliah Centre, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia is a building designed by Lord Foster. The artwork has been incorporated into the lobby of the building and forms the skin of the Centre on this face.