J/Brice Design International to design planetarium in Jeddah

Boston-based J/Brice Design International was commissioned by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s Fakieh Group to design the interior of the planetarium at the Al Shallal theme park on the Jeddah Corniche in Saudi Arabia.

The theme park is the nation’s biggest amusement park and boasts the largest double loop rollercoaster on the continent, an ice rink, rides, shopping and a selection of international eateries.

Unlike in the US, where planetariums are typically located within science museums and universities or as standalone educational institutions, the Fakieh Group is bringing the planetarium where people gather for fun. This latest J/Brice Design project follows an earlier commission by the Fakieh Group for the firm to design the Miami-inspired Art Deco-style Ocean Drive Restaurant and Japanese Zen Bistro at its Sea Wonders Aquarium, also on the Jeddah Corniche.

The planetarium interior will be created in an international style associated with Jeddah’s role as a gateway city. The surroundings will bear influences from Hubble Space Telescope images, International Space Station research, the emergence of space tourism and the achievement of Saudi astronauts.

Other J/Brice projects in KSA are the first Kempinski Hotel to open in the Kingdom in Al Khobar, and the Hyatt in Jeddah.


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