ARAB THOUGHT FOUNDATION
ARAB THOUGHT FOUNDATION: MIXED USE DEVELOPMENT
Client: ARAB THOUGHT FOUNDATION
Location: Jeddah, KSA
Program: Client headquarters, Hotel, Museum for Arab Culture, Residential, Retail/Food & Beverage Souk, Structured Parking, Public Park, Beach
Status: Competition won; awaiting mobilization
RAFT Project Team: Evita Fanou, Cory Zwerlein, Christian Kotzamanis, Laura Grieser, Charleen Chae
Image credit: © RAFT Architects
The Arab Thought Foundation headquarters is a mixed-use waterfront development on Abhur Bay, Jeddah, that envisions a vibrant, mixed-use community focused on promoting pride in core Arab values, identity and intellectual development through appropriate cultural programs and activities.
The design response proposes a publicly accessible multi-level podium that intersperses shopping, food & beverage, and a multi-purpose amphitheater among public park land, anchored by a new Museum for Arab Culture and the Project Y headquarters itself at the heart of the development. Prominently visible from and across Abhur Bay, the museum is flanked by the site’s ‘gateway’ towers, which themselves mark the site’s presence on the skyline.
Image credits: RAFT Architects