The Atturaif Visitor Reception Centre location is special as it is facing the ruins of the historic mud/adobe palace of the al Saud rulers of the First Saudi State. The rear of the building follows the Wadi Hanifa with solid stone walls, terraced and covered by an overhanging lightweight bronze roof.
The front of the building also has a bronze roof with deep soffit, which slopes upwards to promote views of the historic palace and site from the interior. The building’s solid stone walls, curving on plan, are connected by perpendicular bronze-clad walls and glazed openings.
CONTRASTING YET COMPLEMENTARY
The Visitor Reception Centre will welcome guests to Atturaif and provide facilities, information, and guidance for visits to the 25-hectare site. Copper and copper alloy roofs and wall cladding are rare in Saudi Arabia but bronze was chosen here as a contrasting, yet complementary material to the historic mud structures and local stone walls, as well as for its natural patina.