A stunning engineering achievement, Maraya, a mirrored-architectural wonder located in the enchanting desert of AlUla, North West Saudi Arabia, has won the Architizer A+Award’s popular choice for 2020.
Maraya — meaning mirrors in Arabic — is a multi-purpose concert and entertainment venue which has welcomed international artists including Andrea Bocelli, Lionel Richie, Yanni and many others. As one of the world’s architectural marvels, the building set a Guinness World Record for being the largest mirrored building in the world in 2019, with its 85,000 feet-high theatre utilizing a total of 104,840 square feet of mirrors.
These mirrors supplied by Guardian Glass—one of the world’s largest glass manufacturers—cover the exterior walls of the cube-shaped structure reflecting the vast and stunning desert surroundings of AlUla, a significant, undiscovered archaeological destination. Maraya’s giant retractable window of more than 2,624 square feet opens to nature for an authentic experience blending nature and entertainment.
The building was imagined by designer Florian Boje and architect Massimo Fogliati, of Gio Forma, Milan. The team was inspired by the landscape in the same way that the landscape has inspired architecture and art of civilizations from Nabataeans to this day.
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Photos via Giò Forma Studio Associato.
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