Perkins+Will wins Riyadh hotel design contract

US-based architecture firm to design five-star hotel in Saudi capital

The hotel is scheduled for completion in 2016.
The hotel is scheduled for completion in 2016.

Perkins+Will, a US-based architecture and design firm, has won a contract to design a five-star hotel in the Diplomatic Quarter in Riyadh for Saudi Hotel and Resorts Company (Sharaco).

The firm’s design for the low-rise four-story structure, which is due for completion in 2016, is inspired by the country’s wadis and oases, Perkins+Will said in a statement.

A variety of local influences, including the natural environment and Saudi culture, were also influential in its creation.

“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 Perkins+Will Dubai office.

“The 40,000m² project is clad in a unique façade that reflects the local landscape of the region. 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,” added Ben Piper, Dubai-based director of architectural design for Perkins+Will.

The flow of the project sought to evoke qualities of the Saudi landscape, with the centre of the hotel designed as an oasis-like sanctuary that creates a natural microclimate.

The exterior façade is made up of layered strata that aim to reflect the geology of the region and provide solar shading and improved privacy.

“Just as the city is nourished by nearby Wadi Hanifa, the heart of the development with its oasis motif, feeds the interior spaces throughout the building, with nature permeating every aspect of the design from the choice of color palette to regional heritage accents and environmental considerations,” said Piper.

“As part of Sharaco’s new growth strategy we seek to engage the best consultancy teams in setting new building design benchmarks in the region.” added Abdullah Alohali, general manager of projects, Saudi Hotels & Resorts Co.

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