Maraya (Maraya in Arabic means mirror) Concert Hall is in the midst of desert and it highlights that very fact very effectively. The concert hall which was inaugurated in December 2019 is in the Northwestern Saudi province of AlUla. Hardly four months old concert hall already holds a world record. Do you know what’s that world record?
Maraya Concert hall is located 22-km away from Al-Hijr Archaeological Site, the Kingdom’s first UNESCO Heritage site and one need not go that far to see the World Heritage Site as its reflection can be seen on the concert hall itself. Further, one can also see AlUla’s breath-taking landscape.
It is difficult to say whether unique design gave the hall that name or name itself forced the designers to come up with this unique fete. But the hall is attracting the crowd so much so that even Guinness Book of World Records had to declare it as world’s largest mirror-clad building. A total of 9,740-sq.m of mirrors cover the exterior walls of the cube-shaped structure reflecting the picturesque surroundings of AlUla.
Guardian Glass, the glass manufacturer behind the successful mirror cladding, developed a first-of-its-kind solution specifically for the project that had to be completed within a short period of time to be ready for the winter season’s events and performances, now hosting prominent guests and visitors from around the world. Guardian Glass locally manufactured an exterior mirror based on its UltraMirror interior glass solution.
Designed by Gio Forma Studio Associato, Maraya Concert Hall was created utilizing segmentation and (by) sculpting the blocks. “The beauty of AlUla nature is reflected and maximized in the hugest permanent, mirrored building ever built, the Maraya Concert Hall,” says Gio Forma.
The monumental entrance hall will host internationally curated exhibitions. A 26-m high theater will allow opera-house-like stage movements and can generously accommodate 550 people for the show and in its restaurants or rooftop penthouse terrace bar.
Maraya has a unique and unseen stage set up, a giant retractable window of over 800-sq.m opens to nature blending landscape and entertainment.
The Maraya Hall has hosted leading international artists, including Egyptian musician Omar Khairat and Italian opera singer Andrea Bocelli.