Roberto Cavalli to design interiors for new residential villas in Riyadh

Saudi real estate developer Dar Al Arkan has launched an upscale residential development in Riyadh called Mirabilia, with interiors designed by Italian fashion house Roberto Cavalli.

Located on the Shams Ar Riyadh development, the project features three to seven bedroom residential villas that range from 300m2 to 1600m2, and overlook Wadi HanifaWadi Hanifa, a valley set in the Nejd region of Riyadh.

The villas include floor-to-ceiling glass windows that highlight the surrounding panoramic views of lush greenery and water, set against the Roberto Cavalli-designed interiors inspired by wildlife and nature.

The Shams Ar Riyadh mixed-use development in which these new residences are set, creates a feeling of a “city within a city”, and incorporates residential, commercial, educational, medical, recreational and religious components, complete with a landscape design that includes gardens, parks, and walkways.

Commenting on the project, Gian Giacomo Ferraris, CEO of Roverto Cavalli Group, said: “We are thrilled to be entering for the first time as a group to the real estate sector in Saudi Arabia through such a futuristic project that personifies modern extravagance.

“The wild beauty of Wadi Hanifa, combined with the sophistication of the architecture and landscape designs, modern living and fascinating panoramic inside-out sceneries of Mirabilia, will help our designs break the rules once again to present a collection of individual, exotic styles and experiences to sophisticated Saudi families and investors.”

Chairman of Dar Al Arkan, Yousef Bin Abdullah Al Shelash, said: “Mirabilia’s new blueprint will set the tone for this amazing region in the capital, Riyadh. I am particularly delighted with our partnership with the Roberto Cavalli Group, which encapsulates the true meaning of high-end luxury and is an embodiment of beauty, design and artistry”.

International names continue to thrive in Saudi’s architectural and design landscape, with the Zaha Hadid Architects’ King Abdullah Petroleum Studies and Research Center recently opening in Riyadh, complete with a futuristic honeycomb structure.

Earlier last week, Richard Branson also said the Hyperloop may happen in Saudi Arabia ‘quite soon’.

The Gulf country is also investing in heritage-based projects, with a recent announcement including developing the Al-Ula region into a cultural tourism destination, including the Al-Hijr archaeological site in Mada’in Saleh and its monumental Nabataean tombs; the first landmark in Saudi Arabia to be designated a Unesco World Heritage site.

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