Jeddah-based Bricklab wins Art Jameel’s International Design Award

Bricklab was founded in 2015 by brothers Abdulrahman and Turki Gazzaz. (Supplied)
Updated 15 November 2019

Jeddah-based Bricklab wins Art Jameel’s International Design Award

JEDDAH: The Jeddah-based design studio Bricklab — founded in 2015 by brothers Abdulrahman and Turki Gazzaz — has won the Art Jameel International Design Award for its proposed design of Hayy:Cinema.

The cinema will be part of Hayy:Creative Hub — which is set to open in Jeddah next year — and is billed as “the first bespoke home of Saudi and international independent film in the Kingdom.”




The cinema will be part of Hayy:Creative Hub — which is set to open in Jeddah next year. (Supplied)

Bricklab’s design — selected from over 100 entries from around the world, and one of three Arab entries shortlisted — isn’t limited to its 200-seater main screen. It includes an audio-visual library, archive viewing rooms, an additional community screening room, and “educational space.” The designers reportedly interviewed actors, directors and producers from Saudi Arabia and the wider region, and carried out “extensive research” into the history of cinema in the Gulf, before settling on their final proposal.

The jury — which included Wael Al-Awar, co-founder of ibda design, the architects behind Hayy:Creative Hub; Faisal Baltyuor, CEO of the Saudi Film Council; Butheina Kazim, co-founder of Dubai’s independent picture house Cinema Akil; and Ippolitio Pestellini Laparelli from the Office for Metropolitan Architecture — judged all entries blind (applicants were represented only by a number) and praised Bricklab’s proposal for its “incorporation of elements designed to encourage the participation of the wider creative community with Hayy:Cinema.”




Bricklab’s design was selected from over 100 entries from around the world. (Supplied)

The project will contribute significantly to the Kingdom’s burgeoning homegrown cultural scene, something that Abdulrahman Gazzaz spoke to Arab News about earlier this year, saying: “We are lucky to be around at this time when the arts are really being promoted and supported. The community of art is growing, and speaks truthfully to us as a society.”

In a statement regarding the Art Jameel award, the brothers said: “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. We hope to achieve a benchmark project in terms of design excellence which dovetails with outstanding programming.”


What We Are Reading Today: Texas Flood

Updated 10 December 2019

What We Are Reading Today: Texas Flood

AUTHORS: Alan Paul & Andy Aledort

Texas Flood by Alan Paul and Andy Aledort is a phenomenal biography of guitar legend Stevie Ray Vaughan that hits on every level, including interviews with those closest to him.

A review in The New York Times said: “An oral history is only as good as its sources, and Texas Flood is thorough and far-reaching, with Vaughan’s bandmates, crew and family taking center stage.”  It added: “Especially fascinating is Vaughan’s complicated relationship with his older brother, Jimmie,  and Vaughan’s ill-fated role in David Bowie’s band, an apparent big break that he quit because he was told he could not promote his debut album.”

The review said: “If there’s a disappointment in the book, it’s the lack of Vaughan’s own voice. Aledort interviewed him several times during his lifetime, but since those conversations were focused on specific projects, the quotes pulled for Texas Flood don’t leave much impression. Both authors are accomplished musicians and longtime contributors to Guitar World magazine, so occasionally things get a little gear-heavy.”