Oppenheim architecture unveils design for mountain resort integrated with nature in Saudi Arabia
Oppenheim Architecture and Saudi developers at the Red Sea Development Company (TRSDC) have unveiled the design for a new hill station nestled in the view of the wadis of western Saudi Arabia. Entitled Desert Rock, the project draws inspiration from the surrounding geography, allowing clients to connect with nature and the local culture of the region through architecture that is fully integrated with nature.
One of the main design approaches was to “integrate architecture with nature”. mountains. To ensure an unobstructed panoramic view of the surrounding landscape, the roads leading to the resort are placed towards the edge of the main trench and hidden behind landscaped mounds, thus minimizing noise and light pollution and allowing guests to fully absorb the scenery.
The resort will feature a world-class spa and fitness center, remote dining areas, and a lagoon oasis. Guests can also engage in outdoor activities such as hiking, driving buggies and stargazing. Members of the local community will also participate in the project by offering visitors educational tours on the local history of the region.
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Desert Rock is one of the most spectacular desert landscapes in the world, which is why we wanted to use architecture as a way to honor and respect it. By using natural materials and embedding the resort into the rock, guests can physically connect to the destination and experience Saudi Arabia’s stunning natural beauty. – Chad Oppenheim, founder of Oppenheim Architecture
Desert Rock aims to achieve the highest level of LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification with a design that reduces energy consumption and regenerates native greenery. Water retention, harvesting and distribution systems will be used throughout the complex, and local materials extracted from the site will be used to build the site infrastructure. The main building material will be crushed stone and sand mixed to create concrete aggregates, and the interior and exterior walls and floors will be local stone.
Construction has already started in July 2021 and should welcome the first customers by the end of 2022 when the first hotels open. The first phase, which includes 16 hotels, is expected to be completed by 2023, and by 2030 the destination will include 50 resorts, with up to 8,000 hotel rooms and 1,000 residential properties on 22 islands. The site will also include luxury marinas, golf courses, recreational facilities and an international airport.