Saudi Arabian landscape reflected in hotel design


Architect Perkins+Will has been selected to design a new five-star hotel which will reflect the natural landscape of Saudi Arabia.

It will be built in the Diplomatic Quarter in Riyadh on behalf of the Saudi Hotel and Resorts Company.

The low-rise four-story structure, which is due for completion in the latter part of 2016, is inspired by the country’s desert oasis .

“We are thrilled to have been selected for this high profile project which highlights our growing capability in the region for hospitality projects.” said Steve Charlton, managing director for the Dubai office of the US-headquartered company.

“The 40,000m2 project is clad in a unique façade that reflects the local landscape of the region.” Along with its desert inspired design the building will offer shaded spaces for guests and as much use as possible will be made of natural light.

“The façade provides an opportunity for us to take advantage of the layered exterior by creating internal spaces that are lit with filtered natural sunlight creating grand, open, yet welcoming spaces,” said Ben Piper, director of architectural design.

This is the latest KSA project for the company which was also responsible for the campus of Princess Nora Bint Abdulrahman University, the largest university offering education for females in the world with facilities for 60,000 students.

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