Register: APR/15/2018, Submit: MAY/30/2018, Eligibility: Professionals, licensed architects or legal entities in the field of architecture; individually, teams, Fee: Free, Awards: 1st Prize 50,000 USD + Contract, 2nd Prize 37,500 USD, 3rd Prize 25,000 USD
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, Saudi Arabia. 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.
Dar Al-Uloum opened its doors as the first public library in the Al Jouf region in 1963 and the first in the Kingdom to have a dedicated Women’s Library. The vision and financial contribution to the project was made by the Governor of the region, Amir Abdulrahman bin Ahmed Al-Sudairy and continues to be sponsored by the Abdulrahman Al Sudairy Foundation. The library is one public amenity of a larger collection directed towards cultivating culture by engaging the local community through selected the interests of the users. Primarily the focus had been in Islamic literature and geography, however there has been a shift towards increasing their science collections as per the community’s request. Beyond changing trends in content acquisition, the Dar Al-Uloum Library seeks to address changing media and cultural landscapes in the revival and re-branding of the institution.
An essential requirement of the future library is to provide a flexible and inclusive platform that can accommodate multiple methods of exchanging knowledge. This entails providing multiple spaces with varying attributes in relation to sound, light, and views to better reflect the varying needs of the users. The future Dar Al-Uloum Library should consider short term and longtime changes both in regards to technological advances and cultural shifts to allow for an ease in reconfiguration.
- Year: 1963
- Total: 4,500 m2
- Languages: 2
- Arabic Books: 131,000
- English Books: 13,800
- Children Books: 9,500
- Rare Books + Artifacts: 200
- Periodical Subscriptions: 92
- DVD/CD: 631
- Book Increase Per Year: 2000 – 3000
- Users Per Month: 1500 – 2500