Fit for a king

  • One of seven major venues in the King Abdullah Sports City
  • Able to host 2,000 visitors and more than 40 different sports
  • Flexible layout with an adaptable roof and facades

Our design stems from a desire to engage local communities. We were committed to creating a venue that would suit the needs of top-level athletes but at the same time provide easy-to-access facilities for recreational users.

Stuart Blower
Project architect, Make

Project Details

Location Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
Status Design/Concept
Sectors Urban design, Arts and culture, Sports and leisure,
Area 28 hectares/69 acres
Client Confidential

Our brief for this sports centre – one of two key venues we designed for the King Abdullah Sports City in Saudi Arabia – was clear. It had to be a world-class destination fit to host the international athletic elite. At the same time, it needed to be accessible to local residents and encourage the youth in nearby Jeddah to get more involved in sport.

Our design makes full use of the site’s 28 hectares to fulfil its dual ambition. Its accessible layout neatly comprises a range of first-rate indoor and outdoor sports facilities – from swimming pools to football pitches – and also includes amenities like a boathouse and a youth hostel. The centre is publically accessible, with capacity for up to 2,000 visitors at a time. Movable facades and an adaptable roof serve to regulate heat and reduce energy consumption, and allow the centre to accommodate more than 40 different activities.

Open to the public, fit for the elite – our versatile design welcomes the world as well as the local community.