The Mirrored Concert Hall in the Saudi Desert – Maraya

Giò Forma Studio Associate
2018

Photo by : Dhafer Alshehri

The “maraya” is an architectural work of Land Art, a vision created by the extraordinary natural and social history around it.

Photo by : Dhafer Alshehri

Mada’in Salih, not far from al-Ula , was known as al-Hijr, or Hegra, by the Nabataean people who carved its magnificent tombs into the golden Quweira sandstone outcrops.

UNESCO proclaimed Mada’in Salih as a site of heritage, becoming Saudi Arabia’s first World Heritage Site.

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This landscape inspired Architecture and Land Art from the Nabataeans to today.

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The installation of Land Art, Architecture and show is designed by studio Gio Forma with the project and creative management of Black Engineering Dwc-Llc.

Photo by : Dhafer Alshehri

The installation also hosts an immersive theater and an interactive exhibition by “cultural Spaces “ and a Kinetic Art by Leva-Todo.

Photo by : Dhafer Alshehri

The “maraya”, a giant mirror cube , is a site specific “object- architecture “, an experience that makes us reflect on the incomparable spectacle of the geological epic, the radical abstraction of the surroundings and the singular incursions of man into the landscape.

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The mirror cube will highlight the surroundings instead of competing with nature.

Photo by : Dhafer Alshehri

Unique in its genre, this landscape itself becomes an exhibition space.

Photo by : Dhafer Alshehri

The installation fits with respect, reflects and reveals the beauty of what is considered “the best kept secret “.


Project info:

Location: Al-ula, KSA
Architect: Giò Forma Studio Associato S.r.l
Design Team: Florian Boje, Cristiana Picco,Claudio Santucci
Project Name: maraya
Creative and Production management: Black Engineering Dwc-Llc Land
Video Art: Bonsaininja, Italy
Kinetic Art: Leva-Todo, Italy
Video Exhibit: Cultural Spaces, Paris
Photography: Dhafer Alshehri


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