Art Jameel, Saudi Cinema

Saudi architects win design competition for kingdom's first independent cinema

Bricklab has won Art Jameel's international competition to design the first non-commercial cinema in Saudi Arabia, according to Commercial Interior Design

The Jeddah-backed design studio Bricklab was founded by architects and brothers Abdulrahman and Turki Gazzaz in 2015. 

The young practice will now design the 200-seat screen Hayy: Cinema.

It is the first non-commercial picture house built since Saudi Arabia ended its ban on cinemas in 2018.

“We are excited to contribute to this momentous project, which will surely reshape the cultural landscape of the city of Jeddah and Saudi as a whole,” the brothers said in a statement.

“We highly appreciate the alignment of our comprehensive community-focused vision with that of the team at Art Jameel. We hope to achieve a benchmark project in terms of design excellence which dovetails with outstanding programming.”