future of the library

Al Jouf Public Library Redesign Project

Submission: May 30, 2018
Registration:  April 15, 2018
Language: English
Location: Al Jouf, Saudi Arabia
Prizes: Please see details below
Type: Open Call


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. 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.

Like so many institutions of intellectual and cultural value, such as publishing houses, newspaper companies, and universities, the library finds itself on a precipice at the dawn of a digital era. As digital technology proliferates the means with which people access and share information, libraries no longer attract visitors solely through the accumulation of books. Libraries are expanding their role to increasingly function as community and/or cultural centers.

Accordingly, the Dar Al-Uloum Initiative aims to rethink the library’s functions and transform the interior of Dar Al-Uloum from a storage space for books, to a more open and flexible social space. Dar Al-Uloum aspires to become a pit stop for cultural flow and activity, where people can gain access diverse activities such as: lectures, conferences, meetings, reading clubs, art exhibits, workshops, film festivals and work spaces.

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. In Sakaka, the collection of infrastructure includes the Al Rahmaniyah Mosque, Al Rahmaniah Primary and Secondary Schools and Al Nusl Hotel.

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 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 the existing library and to incorporate elements of the old to be preserved in the new design.

The 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.


All teams that fulfill the qualification requirements are eligible to participate.A minimum of one person and / or a legal entity which are in legal capacity to practice architecture in their country of registration.


1st Prize 50,000 USD + contract

2nd Prize 37,500 USD

3rd Prize 25,000 USD

  • The language of the competition brief and the competition is English.
  • All explanatory text and additional texts (headings, labels, legends, etc.) shall be in English.
  • All official documents to be submitted shall be in English.
  • All questions submitted shall be in English and all responses will be posted in English.
Required Competition Documents

Eight landscape A0 panels (841 x 1189 mm)

  1. Site plan, scale 1:500
  2. All floor plans, scale 1:200
  3. Minimum 2 sections, scale 1:200
  4. All main elevations, scale 1:200
  5. At least four 3D representations
  6. Technical conceptual sections
  7. Additional diagrams
  8. 1000 word text file
  9. Summary text file
Registration Process

All applicants must register online through our website in order to join the mailing list and receive necessary updates for the competition. Applicants will also receive a numerical competition code following registration which will be used for marking submissions to ensure anonymity of all submission.

Registration Date: April 15th, 2018

Submission Process

All entries shall be submitted through courier to the address found below. All required document shall be labeled with the assigned numerical competition code to ensure anonymity.

Submission Date June 30th, 2018

Go to the competition’s website