Mirror-clad concert hall opens at Saudi heritage site

The Al Maraya concert hall, designed by Massimo Foglatti and Florian Boje of Studio Gioforma

Studio Gioforma venue designed to ‘reflect surroundings rather than compete with them’

Italian practice Studio Gioforma has completed a mirror-clad concert hall in the Saudi Arabian region of Al-Ula that is literally designed to reflect the area’s natural beauty and heritage, rather than compete with it.

The 500-capacity venue is covered with mirrors on two sides and is named “Al Maraya” – mirror in Arabic – in recognition of the design. Inside it boasts what bosses describe as state-of-the-art audio, lighting and digital-projection technology.

Al-Ula contains a range of heritage sites, incuding the Unesco World Heritage Site of Mada’in Salih which features rock-carved tombs described as second only to Petra in Jordan. It also boasts a walled old town with an ancient sundial as well as surrounding countryside with unusual rock formations.

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