KLINGMANN launched a multi-level initiative to restore and adaptively reuse traditional mud villages in southwestern Saudi Arabia.
KLINGMANN conducted a comprehensive pro-bono project in Saudi Arabia to preserve the unique architectural heritage of Asir’s abandoned mud and stone villages for future generations. While phases 1 & 2 were dedicated to raising awareness to the existing condition of Asiri Villages with a series of workshops, exhibitions and events, Phase 3 was dedicated to the mission of rebuilding them with advanced sustainable technologies. As a pioneer project, KLINGMANN transformed one abandoned village in the Abha region of Asir into a multi-sensorial art installation animated by projections, color and sound. With this project, the team raised awareness to the beauty of historical Asiri villages nationally and internationally and investigated sustainable modes of reuse that would reinvent this important heritage for the 21st century. Sponsored by the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage & DAH.