Intercontinental Hotel & Conference Centre - Aga Khan Award for Architecture
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Intercontinental Hotel & Conference Centre

Intercontinental Hotel & Conference Centre
Location: Makkah, Saudi Arabia (Arabian Peninsula)
Architect: Rolf Gutbrod & Frei Otto
Client: Saudi Ministry of Finance and National Economy
Completed: 1974
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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.

1980 Award Recipients