Architects invited to design Art Jameel's cinema in Saudi Arabia

Dubai organisation invites tech- and sustainability-focused cinema design for 1.7ha Hayy: Creative Hub in Jeddah

Hayy: Creative Hub is being developed in Jeddah by Art Jameel.
© Art Jameel
Hayy: Creative Hub is being developed in Jeddah by Art Jameel.

The UAE’s Art Jameel has launched a competition inviting architects to design a cinema for its Hayy: Creative Hub in Saudi Arabia, which will open in 2020.

In a statement, the Dubai developer, an organisation dedicated to arts, heritage, and education in the Middle East, said parties interested in the Jeddah project must register by 22 March, 2019, to participate in the competition.

Hayy: Creative Hub is planned as a 1.7ha development that will be Jeddah’s “first bespoke home for the arts and creativity”. The three-storey facility is expected to “act as an incubator” for artists, playwrights, photographers, filmmakers, entrepreneurs, and creative professionals in Saudi Arabia.

The competition is open to designers registered with architectural or interior design firms, as well as cinema specialists, both regionally and from around the world. Art Jameel said entrants that “have links to and a meaningful understanding of the various cultural scenes of the Gulf and the Arab World” would be welcomed to participate, “regardless of nationality”.

Hayy: Creative Hub is being developed in Jeddah [© Art Jameel].

Winners will be awarded rights to work on the design project, with the competition also featuring “learning opportunities for Saudi-based upcoming architects and designs”. The most successful entry will be awarded $15,000 in addition to the contract, whilst the second and third runners-up will respectively receive $10,000 and $5,000.

Applicants will be required to deliver design proposals for “a completely fitted cinema space” that incorporates sustainability and technology. Proposal submissions must be made by 11 April, 2019.

Entry guidelines and design requirements

Hayy: Creative Hub Cinema Competition’s requirements include all floor plans; diagrams indicating design intent; conceptual mood boards; furniture layout plans; four interior elevations of the cinema space and two interior elevations of the entry space; at least two sections; and an interior 3D rendering each of the cinema and its entry space.

Also necessary are material palette details; a text file outlining the project’s description; a design area summary sheet listing the number of seats and any amenities within the cinema area; and a technical and financial booklet.

All designs must comply with the local requirements, laws, and regulations of Saudi Arabia.

Describing the competition as “a rarity in the Middle East and globally”, Art Jameel said its jury would comprise architects and cinema specialists who will name one winner and two runners-up when the competition ends in June 2019.

Hayy: Creative Hub has been conceptualised by Ibda Design as “a contemporary re-interpretation of the traditional courtyard typology” that is a common design feature in the Gulf. A central courtyard has been envisioned as being surrounded by “shaded, staggered terraces on the building’s upper levels”, with the structure’s ground floor to feature natural vegetation and greenery.

Art Jameel’s director, Antonia Carver, said the competition is an “opportunity for architects and designers from the Gulf and around the world to take part in imagining a picture house cinema for Saudi Arabia”.

Carver continued: “Set to open in 2020, Hayy: Creative Hub aims to contribute to the kingdom’s 2030 vision and its mandate in nurturing a thriving, diversified cultural scene and creative economy. Art Jameel continues to grow as a collaborative model; we strive to work with artists, filmmakers and partners, both locally and internationally, to enhance and grow our shared objectives.”

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