International Medical Center – Jeddah

International Medical Center: Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

International Medical Center: Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

Exterior of the hospital showing projecting muqarnas bay windows

International Medical Center: Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

International Medical Center: Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

Perspective view of the design for the projecting muqarnas bay windows

International Medical Center: Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

This is a large state-of-the-art hospital designed by the Saudi architect Dr. Sami Angawi. It is intended that this hospital demonstrate the appropriateness of using extensive traditional Islamic ornament in contemporary civic architectural projects in the Middle East. Jay Bonner was contracted to design the exterior and interior ornament for this hospital. This building called for the extensive use of traditional ornamental features and a combination of both traditional and state-of-the-art manufacturing technologies. Jay Bonner’s work on this project included the extensive use of originally designed muqarnas for both the interior and exterior of the building; both plaster and stainless steel star-net vaulting; carved wood, water-jet cut stone mosaic flooring, stained and etched glass, cast bronze, etched stainless steel, and ceramic tile and mosaics. In order to coordinate the ornamental elements of this building with other aspects of the architecture, Jay Bonner also consulted closely with the interior designer, landscape architects, and a signage consultant.

The design development phase of this project was completed in 2001 and the building was completed in 2006.