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Saudi Aramco  

King Abdulaziz Center for World Culture

One of the most prestigious façade lighting projects we have worked on. The Center is a bold new initiative on the part of the Saudi Aramco Oil Company to promote cultural development within the Kingdom. 


NetherLED was approached in april 2016 by the architectural lighting designers of Magic Monkey to assist them with speciality exterior lighting for a challenging project.


The spectacular, three-dimensional freeforms of the Center soar up to 90 meters high into the sky, cladded with a futuristic facade of metal, designed by Snøhetta.


Only the right direction and intensity of the light source could emphasise the materiality and three-dimensionality of the building.


Finding LED theatrical-like fixtures that met the more architectural needs of long-term robustness caused by extreme climatic conditions was one of the technical demands of the project.  

Dynamic RGBW LED spotlights in 10, 15, 30, 40, 60 and 80 degree beam angles were built to provide the overall lighting for the Center. Each RDM fixture is individually addressable and controlled locally and remotely via Internet.


On its completion in 2017, the lit King Abdulaziz Center for World Culture made an instant impact on the Saudi Arabian horizon.

Project facts:

30,260sqm stainless steel façade

350km 3D-curved stainless steel tubes

Total amount of RGBW-LEDs: 22,104 pcs

Total power consumption (RGBW @ 100%): 42,93kW

DMX-cable (light control data cable): 5,4km

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