Location: Makkah, Saudi Arabia (Arabian Peninsula) Architect: Rolf Gutbrod & Frei Otto Client: Saudi Ministry of Finance and National Economy Completed: 1974 To download the resources below, you can click on the links or right-click and select 'Save target as': Intercontinental Hotel & Conference Centre Project Brief
This 2'000 seat conference centre and 170-room hotel is a synthesis of advanced structural techniques and revived local artistic traditions that had become almost extinct. In their directness and simplicity, the vernacular details and finishes, such as the suspended wooden lattices, accent the machined elegance of the aluminium-clad conference centre. The latter is structurally quite sophisticated, consisting of tent-like roofs suspended from steel masts. A small mosque, also shaded by a suspended lattice, is made of local basaltic stone.