King Fahd National Library
The King Fahd National Library is Saudi Arabia’s legal deposit and copyright library. You might not guess so just by looking at it, but this striking library is covered in fabric. Located in Riyadh, the library underwent updates by the Gerber Architekten firm in 2013. That unique geometric façade is actually a fabric that acts as a shade against the harsh sun, while still allowing plenty of natural light in. Each night, a color-changing light show plays against the fabric, giving the library the nickname of “the city’s cultural lighthouse.” The King Fahd National Library also features outdoor courtyards and gardens.