After The Line, the horizontal city under construction in the Neom desert, Saudi Arabia announces plans for another futuristic city to be called New Murabba. It will rise in the desert northwest of Riyadh and be ready in 2030.
In the innovative and revolutionary wake of previous Saudi architectural projects, New Murabba will be no exception. The project will have a total area of 19 square kilometers with more than 25 million square meters of floor space, at the center of which will rise a huge golden cube named Mukaab, which with its 400 m per side will become the largest building in the world.
It is the intention of His Royal Highness Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman bin Abdulaziz, chairman of the New Murabba Development Company, to develop a world-leading urban model that will combine housing and experiential functions.
Through a system of high digital and virtual technology, including that of holograms, New Murabba will achieve the title of the world’s first immersive destination. Those landing in New Murabba will probably think they are inside a video game or have teleported into the future, as also shown by the renderings of Mukaab inside which will rise a huge spiral tower. Indeed, the architectural aesthetic of the entire city is surreal: the circular terraced buildings house huge waterfalls and vertical forests, with muted colors that are chameleon-like in relation to the environment in which they are set.
The city aims to be built following the principles of sustainability, including large green areas and providing bicycle and pedestrian paths that will enable citizens to reach all necessary services in a short time. The new city also focuses on culture: numerous museums and theaters will be built as well as a University of Technology and Design. With 334,000 workers expected, we will witness – if all goes according to plan – the birth of one of the top ten most livable cities in the world.