Al Jouf Public Library Redesign Competition

We are hosting an international open competition for the redevelopment of the existing Dar Al-Uloum Public Library and surrounding campus located in Sakaka, Al Jouf Region.

Category Project Competition
Type International, Project, Architect, Single-Stage, Anonymous
Genre Library
Country Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
RegDeadline 15 April 2018 GoogleCal iCal
30 June 2018 (Must be Received or via Online) GoogleCal
Eligibility A minimum of one person and / or a legal entity which are in legal capacity to practice architecture in their country of registration.

The Abdulrahman Al Sudairy Cultural Centre (AACC) is hosting an international open competition for the redevelopment of the existing Dar Al-Uloum Public Library and surrounding campus located in Sakaka, Al Jouf Region. The call for a redevelopment stems from a desire to reinvigorate new life into the library in order to make the Centre once again a meaningful public place to promote learning and community engagement.
As the headquarters for the AACC organization, the library has symbolic significance both being the first development and for its prominent location along a major artery of the City of Sakaka. Dar Al-Uloum Library is just one part of a larger vision of public infrastructure within the region, to provide engaging programs and services to the local community, while also contributing to the archaeological research and study of Al Jouf. In Sakaka, the collection of infrastructure includes the Al Rahmaniyah Mosque, Al Rahmaniah Primary and Secondary Schools and Al Nusl Hotel. The Dar Al-Uloum Library is geographically and conceptually at the centre of this infrastructure.
In addition to bringing the library up to date in terms of programing and services, the aim is to connect these currently isolated establishments in order to form a holistic campus. The themes of connectivity and efficiency should be carried throughout the design proposals in order to maximize the community and educational spaces and consolidate collections. Energy efficiency and sensitivity to cultural and human comfort are additional factors that the schemes shall address in technically and economically feasible proposals. The future Dar Al-Uloum Library’s sustainability and environmental strategy plan shall be in keeping with international standards and the ethos of Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030.
The intent of the competition is to select a design team to enter into a contract of Design Development and Implementation Phase, which is to be developed in accordance to the submitted Schematic Design proposal. Design proposals should aim to renovate and rehabilitate portions or the entirety of the existing library and to incorporate elements of the old to be preserved in the new design.
The international competition to redesign the Dar Al-Uloum library will support AACC to continue serving its mission to provide interactive cultural and informative programs and services to the local community.

AACC Members
• Dr. Ziad Al Sudairy, Managing Director
• Husain Khalifa, General Manager
• Jawaher Al Sudairy, Lead on DAU Initiative
Al Jouf Representative
• Dr. Abdulwahid Al Humaid
Library Specialist
• Fatima Al Husain, King Abdulaziz Public Library
Local Architects
• Dr. Saleh Al Hathloul, King Saud University
• Shahad Al Azzaz, Azaz Architects and RIBA Representative
Foreign Architect
• Joel Lamere, MIT

1st Prize 50,000 USD + contract
2nd Prize 37,500 USD
3rd Prize 25,000 USD
The budget is projected to be in the vicinity of 10 million USD.

Entry Fee

Jury Announcement: AUG 2018

The Abdulrahman Al Sudairy Cultural Centre (AACC)

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