November 2023 Issue

Saudi Arabia is increasingly making waves in international news. With substantial investments in prominent sports assets and ambitious urban development projects, including NEOM's four megacities, Sindalah, Oxagon, THE LINE and Trojena, it's undergoing remarkable transformations. Notably, Trojena has recently unveiled impressive designs, such as Zaha Hadid Architects' 330m-tall skyscraper, set to be part of a ski resort. Just last month, NEOM released a captivating second video showcasing the significant progress in constructing these visionary projects. Furthermore, I've encountered several individuals, many with backgrounds in construction, who have received job offers in Saudi Arabia, signalling a promising future for the country.

In this edition, we interview Kola Ojeyomi, Director at HKR Architects, about his illustrious architectural career. He highlights a standout project in Saudi Arabia, Kaaki Land, a colossal hospitality complex with a staggering 10,600 rooms, exemplifying the luxury and grandeur of projects in this nation. For more insights into Kola's career and this remarkable project, turn to page 08.

Meanwhile, in keeping with extravagant architectural marvels, we present some intriguing details about a structure that has been making headlines and dominating our social media platforms of late – MSG's Sphere in Las Vegas. While we've been treated to captivating imagery like the cheerful yellow spherical face on platforms such as TikTok and awe-inspiring performances, including U2's gig, discussions among users have also centred around the plans for the MSG's Sphere in Stratford. From the outset, these plans have faced opposition from residents, primarily due to concerns about increased foot traffic and light pollution. The proposals await approval from the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, and the Levelling Up Secretary, Michael Gove, before work can start. Turn to page 16 to learn more about Las Vegas' MSG Sphere.

Last but by no means least, on page 12, we delve into WilkinsonEyre's vision for the extensive subterranean WWII shelters in London, which served as inspiration for James Bond's Q Branch. Following seven decades of Government confidentiality, the renowned architecture firm, responsible for iconic London landmarks such as Battersea Power Station and King's Cross' Gasholders, has revealed its proposal to repurpose The Kingsway Exchange Tunnels.

After 70 years of Government secrecy, WilkinsonEyre has revealed plans – subject to planning approval – to open up the mile-long underground WWII shelters in London that inspired James Bond’s Q Branch.

Rebecca Kemp

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