Like a tentacled creature emerging from the desert sands, Aedas have created a monster powerhouse scheme for a new performance venue in Saudi Arabia. Surrounded by desert and occupying its very own island in the heart of a nature reserve, the Arabian Performance Venue is linked organically to both its context and its use. Connected to the mainland via long spanning bridges, trains and motor vehicles, the scheme is also approachable by sea, with each of the entrances cut into the landscape to open into water-filled cavities. In the centre of seven dancing forms, each with their own functions, the solidity of the main performance venue boasts to be the crown jewel of the overall construction. The volume of the main hall rises up from the waters below, and the auditorium hall opens up above to the main lobby of a hotel sitting on top of the venue enclosed in an outer glass shell.