Art Jameel launches international design competition for Saudi's first indie film cinema

Art Jameel launches international design competition for Saudi's first indie film cinema
Published: 5 February 2019 - 9:16 a.m.
By: Michael Hasenstab

Art Jameel, an independent organisation that supports arts, education and heritage in the Middle East, has announced an international competition, inviting architects and designers to conceptualise a cinema for Hayy: Creative Hub, Jeddah. It invites proposals that underpin innovative ideas and creative approaches to the design of an independent picture house in Saudi Arabia. Registration opens today and closes on March 22, 2019.

The competition challenges applicants from around the world to deliver turnkey design proposals for a completely fitted cinema space, and to explore benchmarks for sustainability and technological efficiency. After the initial registration closes on March 22, applicants will be required to submit a proposal by April 11, 2019.

This trailblazing competition, a rarity in the Middle East and globally, features a renowned international jury that includes leading architects and cinema specialists. One winner and two runners up will be announced by the jury at the end of the competition in June 2019.

In addition to the awarding of the design project itself, this competition programme includes learning opportunities for Saudi-based upcoming architects and designers. A forum series, managed in collaboration with Studio Bound, includes discussion of the shortlisted submissions, and a debate on possibilities, formats and ideas in determining the cinema-going experience.

Art Jameel regularly engages in new commissions and awards for artists, designers and architects, including the Jameel Prize, now in its 10th year (held in conjunction with the Victoria & Albert Museum in London), and Art Jameel Commissions, a multi-disciplinary anchor programme of the Jameel Arts Centre, Dubai.

Hayy:Creative Hub is expected to open by 2020.


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