This project came to life in the northern part of the city of Jeddah, an area which has been involved in recent expansion and is located on the coast not far from the main road connecting the Red Sea to the coastal cities. The project found inspiration in the uniqueness of this place (facing one of the most beautiful landscapes in the world), and in the fascinating relationship between the desert and the sea, closely linked to the traditions and history of South Arabia. The architectural challenge here is to link the rock and aqueous elements in a highly symbolic and representative complex, so as to leave visitors with a unique experience and the opportunity to learn about the rich culture and landscape of Arabia.
There is a strong sense of Arabian history (especially at the Madain Salih site, protected by UNESCO), its symbols (the number 7), and its landscape (the desert and its oases).
The seven buildings in the form of a stone, circular in plan, have a minimum of two storeys to a maximum of eight. Inside there are green courtyards, “oases” with lush native vegetation. This condition makes it possible to achieve different situations, depending on whether the building faces outwards or inwards.
credits | design architects: T-Studio | engineering: Interstudio