Perkins+Will to design 5-star hotel in Riyadh
Dubai, January 8, 2014
The Dubai office of US-based Perkins+Will, a global 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 low-rise four-story structure, which is due for completion in 2016, is inspired by the beauty of the country’s wadis and oases. The hotel design takes its inspiration from a variety of local influences including the natural environment and Saudi culture, a statement said.
“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 40,000 sq m 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,” said Ben Piper, Dubai-based director of Architectural Design for Perkins+Will.
The flow of the project emulates qualities of the Saudi landscape. The centre of the hotel is designed as an oasis-like sanctuary that creates a natural microclimate. The exterior façade is made up of layered strata that reflects the geology of the region and provides solar shading and improved privacy.
Gentle ribbon-like curves in hues reminiscent of the desert environment are blended and created in bands of colour tinted render, timber and stainless steel creating a microclimate of shaded spaces that allow the hotel to extend its activities into the external landscape offering improved dining and recreational possibilities, the statement said.
“Local materials, environment, and culture expressed in a manner that is faithful to the region and needs of the project,” said Piper.
“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.”
“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.” says Abdullah Alohali, GM Projects, Saudi Hotels & Resorts Co. – TradeArabia News Service