Wadi Rum resort in Jordan wins award

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The Wadi Rum Resort in Jordan, which was covered in a previous issue of Commercial Interior Design, has won an AIA Florida Design Award this year.

Oppenheim Architecture + Design won three AIA Florida awards this year, including the UnBuilt Honour award going to the Wadi Rum Resort.

Other winning projects included the Oppenheim’s Wharf Road development in Australia (the Merit Award), and the Enea Garden Design headquarters in Switzerland (the AIA Florida Merit Award of Excellent for New Work).


The Wadi Rum Resort in Jordan is a project that will provide a primitive experience for visitors, an hour-and-a-half outside of Petra, the ancient city of the Nebataeans carved into the desert rock. It will create 47 desert lodges and villas carved out of the rock face in the desert.

The Wharf Road development on Surfer’s Paradise Beach along Australia’s Gold Coast has an architecture that is timeless. Located between ocean and rain forest, the project has an  ecological design within the natural environment.

The AIA Florida Merit Award of Excellence for New Work was granted to the Enea Headquarters project. This project was also awarded the American Architecture Award, Chicago Atheneum in 2009 before it finished construction. The project, located at the shores of the Obersee in Switzerland, houses the headquarters of landscape architecture firm Enea Garden Design.

All three projects are the result of winning international design competitions.

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