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King Abdul-Aziz Historical Center and its influence on heritage architecture,

The design of the King Abdul-Aziz Historical Center revives the traditional urban fabric,

offering varying levels of heritage architecture.

All of the center’s facilities use the vocabulary of local traditional architecture,

and the center’s corridors and open areas allow for the development of pedestrian traffic.

It considers it the basis for transportation, which gives a lively heritage atmosphere to the place.

In the early days of the modern urban renaissance,

the heritage buildings were just urban evidence reminiscent of the past,

and they did not have an active role in the life of society or an impact in guiding the urbanization of cities.

However, the approach to dealing with heritage urbanization has crystallized through a number of successful experiences worldwide.

The heritage architecture has its precise scientific origins,

and the heritage buildings have become like a fingerprint that directs the urbanization of the city towards a specific identity.

King Abdul-Aziz Historical Center and its influence on heritage architecture

On the basis of several considerations, the level of restoration of heritage buildings is determined,

including what is related to the location of the building, its importance,

its development requirements and its natural characteristics.

Including what is related to the building itself in terms of its historical value, its urban importance,

its construction condition, and the appropriate available uses for the building after its restoration.


King Abdul-Aziz Historical Center and its influence on heritage architecture


Development of the city of Riyadh

The High Commission for the Development of Riyadh has allocated the urban heritage,

Heritage Preservation Program of the Commission.

The program is responsible for documenting and restoring heritage buildings in the city,

while the authority follows the urban methodology in all its urban development projects.

These and other recent projects have contributed to the crystallization of the urban identity of the city of Riyadh,

and their success had the greatest impact in stimulating the rest of the major development projects,

to confirm this identity and invent developed models of them.

While this trend was not limited to major projects,

but extended to include even private residential buildings, some of which provide high-end models in crystallizing the urban identity of the city of Riyadh.

King Abdul-Aziz Historical Center

The authority has developed and established the King Abdul-Aziz Historical Center,

to present a dynamic image full of different patterns of modern heritage urbanization.

As it is considered one of the main urban pillars oriented to urban development in the city,

this topic focuses on the aspect of heritage urbanization in the King Abdulaziz Historical Center and the methodology used by the authority in its development.

The architectural heritage of the King Abdelaziz Historical Center was also affected by basic factors,

at the forefront of these factors is the nature of the occasion on which the center was established on the margins of the 100th anniversary of the restoration of King Abdul-Aziz, may God have mercy on him, to the city of Riyadh.

The location of the project and the nature of its facilities also played an important role in guiding the design of the center’s facilities,

as the project’s land is basically the land of the Murabba complex,

which witnessed the beginnings of the establishment of state institutions.

It was the first building that was erected outside the walls of Riyadh,

and witnessed the most prominent developmental events in the country,

including the establishment of ministries and state institutions.

As well as the start of service institutions, the establishment of public utility projects,

and a large number of the complex’s facilities have remained in place.

King Abdul-Aziz Historical Center and its influence on heritage architecture

Chief among them is the Murabba Palace (King Abdul Aziz’s Court),

which is the most important historical element in the complex, and which has preserved its building and a large amount of its furniture and assets.

Complete mud houses remained in the complex, the most famous of which was the Palace of King Abdul Aziz, in addition to parts of the walls, towers and wells.


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