Art Jameel is developing a 17,000 sq m culture complex in north Jeddah to serve as a home in Saudi Arabia for the arts, comedy, theatre and filmmaking.
The three-story venue will be known as Hayy: Creative Hub. The name is derived from the Arabic word for neighbourhood. Art Jameel is a non-profit, Saudi-based foundation that supports artists and creative communities.
The facility will include space for 12 partner organisations including art and design galleries, performance and comedy clubs, cafes, an entrepreneurship incubator and digital studio for filmmakers.
Designed by architecture firm Ibda Design, the hub features open internal courtyards surrounded by shaded terraces and walkways. Shared facilities include a theatre and events spaces designed for a range of activities − from performances and exhibitions to conferences and community markets.
The design of the exterior facade responds to the need to maintain privacy while allowing natural light to flood into interior spaces. It will be made up of pearl white aluminium panels.
Programming will include local and international exhibitions of modern and contemporary art as well as a range of educational events for all ages.
Fady Mohammed Jameel, president of Art Jameel, said: “We are delighted to support our home, Saudi Arabia, and its fast-growing cultural scene through the development of Hayy: Creative Hub, which is set to become a base for Saudi Arabian talent, and help nurture a new generation of creatives, in addition to providing job opportunities and training.
“The concept has been honed over many years. The team at Art Jameel has worked not only with the brilliant architects Ibda Design, but also a range of community partners to develop the hub as a truly innovative destination.
“Hayy: Creative Hub reflects Art Jameel and Community Jameel’s commitment to supporting creativity and entrepreneurship in Saudi Arabia and beyond, and we look forward to opening the hub in spring 2019 with our partners in this community-wide initiative.”
Images: c. Art Jameel.