The Ministry of Tourism Offices – Riyadh

Allen Architecture Interiors Design (AAID) was tasked with the design for The Ministry of Tourism’s offices located in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

Nestled in the heart of Riyadh, the Ministry of Tourism’s headquarters stands as a testament to the convergence of innovative design and cultural preservation. Meticulously curated by AAID and executed by SBCM, this architectural marvel not only reimagines office space but also encapsulates Saudi Arabia’s transformative Vision 2030. The rebranding of the Ministry harmonizes with the nation’s aspirations, and the interior design effortlessly reflects this synergy. Within the walls of this remarkable edifice, a dynamic and inclusive workspace awaits, accommodating both employees and visitors alike. The Ministry of Tourism HQ not only serves as a beacon of modernity but also a living embodiment of Saudi Arabia’s rich heritage.

Design Brief
Comprising interconnected buildings spanning 17,000 sqm in total, the Ministry of Tourism Office in Riyadh, located within the diplomatic quarter, orchestrates a symphony of design, function, and purpose. It hosts the Minister’s office, Department Head offices, staff workspaces, IT infrastructure, data centers, and a hub for business intelligence, as well as state-of-the-art meeting rooms. Transformed to align with Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030, the Ministry’s headquarters underwent a comprehensive renovation, breathing new life into three distinct buildings – A, B, and C. This ambitious endeavor encompassed everything from Design Improvement and Engineering to Procurement, Construction, and Fit-out.

Design Inspiration
Rooted in the theme of “Wanderlust,” the Ministry of Tourism’s design narrative captures the essence of discovery, showcasing the allure of the destination while honoring the country’s traditions and values. Guided by the allure of Saudi Arabia’s 13 regions, each with its own distinctive characteristics, the design team embarked on an imaginative journey. This exploration led to the integration of cultural, historical, and geographical elements, forming a tapestry of form, function, and aesthetics. The visual language embraced textures, colors, and patterns that mirror the nation’s diverse landscapes, heritage, and resources.

Materials Used
AAID employed a palette of over 400 finishes across the three interconnected buildings, spanning three floors each, resulting in a sensory feast that was both expansive and captivating. A celebration of Saudi Arabia’s heritage was channeled through materials like locally sourced Saudi limestone, sumptuous textured fabrics, carpets, and inviting timber veneers. The design choreography incorporated striking elements like linked metal curtains in shades reminiscent of the Red Sea’s depths, bespoke timber screens paying homage to Jeddah’s historical Al-Balad region, and parametric geometries inspired by the intricate Sadu weaving culture.

Key Design Features
The Ministry of Tourism’s architectural narrative unfolds through the interconnected buildings’ distinctive features. Two atria in each building, connecting three floors, serve as luminous conduits for natural light. Every floor is dedicated to celebrating a specific region among Saudi Arabia’s 13, united by a common atrium feature.

The Ministry of Tourism HQ stands as a masterpiece, skillfully weaving Saudi Arabia’s heritage with its progressive Vision 2030. This architectural marvel showcases the nation’s aspirations through design that is both visionary and rooted in tradition. The interior design transcends office space, creating an immersive experience where every corner tells a story, beckoning employees and visitors alike to embark on a journey through Saudi Arabia’s diverse regions and vibrant history. As a symbol of innovation, cultural preservation, and sustainable design, the Ministry of Tourism HQ stands as a testament to the potential of blending art, function, and vision.

Design: Allen Architecture Interiors Design (AAID)
Photography: courtesy of AAID