Saudi Arabia’s Maraya Concert Hall, has been declared as the world’s largest mirror-clad building by the Guinness World Records, recognising the efforts of glass manufacturer Guardian Glass, which implemented the structural design of the structure.
The architectural feat – which is located 22km from the kingdom’s first UNESCO Heritage site, Al-Hijr Archeological Site – provides a mirage effect of its surrounding environment, and is now being showcased as part of the Al Ula region’s ‘Winter at Tantora’ festival.
The first-of-its-kind solution, designed specifically for the project, was completed in December 2019 by Guardian Glass.
Commenting on the recognition, the marketing director at Guardian Glass, Jasmin Hodzic, said: “We are proud to have been a catalyst for the Guinness World Records title for Maraya Concert Hall as the world’s largest mirror-clad building.”
Hodzic added: “The challenges posed by the terrain and time frame were in front of us, but we proceeded and customised our interior glass product – Guardian UltraMirror™ – expanding its capability for use externally.
“With this development, we have created a new value-added product for the construction and architecture industry that meets the quality standard of challenging weather conditions.”
The 500-seat Maraya Concert Hall’s design and purpose are in line with Saudi Arabia’s efforts to diversify its economy, boost tourism, and create a new heritage and entertainment hub in the Middle East.
Hodzic added: “We highly value the opportunity to support the Royal Commission of Al Ula to achieve its vision for Maraya Concert Hall and capture the essence and mystery of the Al Ula valley through the mirrored glass façade of the building.”
Guardian Glass locally manufactured its exterior mirror based on its UltraMirror interior glass solution, following the highest level of environmental, health, and safety standards. Known for its durability, Guardian UltraMirror™ has already been designed to withstand corrosion, as well as chemicals and clouding.
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