Hayy, an under construction creative hub in Jeddah, is declared as the winner of multiple architectural awards

Top Quote Hayy: Creative Hub, conceived by Ibda Design, has just been announced as a winner at the Hong Kong Design Awards (Gold), New York Design Awards (Silver), and honoured for exceptional design by the American Institute of Architects Founded and built by Art Jameel, the 17,000-square-metre cultural complex is due to open in 2020. End Quote
  • (1888PressRelease) January 24, 2019 - Ibda Design - architectural practice active in countries such as UAE and Japan has been awarded significant recognition in the autumn awards for the design of Hayy. Various awards received by the project include - New York Design Awards (Silver), Hong Kong Design Awards (Gold), in addition to receiving honors for its exceptional design from the American Institute of Architects.

    The cultural complex, occupying 17,000 sq. ft. is expected to be completed by 2020. It was founded and is being built by Art Jameel, an organization involved for years in the supporting arts, education and heritage. The complex is set to be the first bespoke home for arts Jeddah as well as Saudi Arabia as a whole, and will also consist of cafes, theatre, event spaces, artist’s studio and many galleries, & exhibition halls too. The premises are built in such a way that they act as an incubator for talent in the Gulf country.

    Ibda Design has crafted the three storey complex in such a way that it resembles a re-interpretation of traditional courtyard topology, commonly found in the Gulf countries. The courtyard located on the ground floor is enhanced with greenery and plants. The central main courtyard acts as a connector for each level of the project, acting as the spatial whole. Furthermore, it is surrounded by terraces on the upper level of the building.

    The project has utilized concrete flooring, aluminum cladding and a steel – structure. Wael Al Awar, the founding partner, principal architect and Kenichi Teramoto, partner, principal architect of Ibda Design said that the design ensures the accommodation of various exhibitions, activities and events. The architecture has been successful in creating a new perception of what architecture can achieve for the people of Jeddah and Saudi Arabia.

    AIA Middle East Awards jury stated the following notions about the Hayy project “The understated yet rationally beautiful and sustainably designed urban courtyard project is progressively radical in its cultural mixed-use programming.”

    Hayy, an inspirational and dynamic project of Art Jameel, is aimed at embracing the Jeddah’s dynamic community while presenting the arts in their full diversity and intensity. IT also includes multiple community partners ranging from co-working spaces, comedy clubs, eateries and commercial galleries. Central Arts Centre, cinema and artists, studios are also being developed.

    Hayy, all set to launch in 2020, is a dynamic representation of communities of Jeddah and Saudi Arabia. Created using a collaborative model, is bound to bring many themes and objective under one roof in addition to promoting arts and entrepreneurship.


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