Foster + Partners to create ring-shaped hotel on stilts in Saudi Arabia - architecture and design

Foster + Partners to create ring-shaped hotel on stilts in Saudi Arabia



The Red Sea Project has revealed images of a Foster + Partners-designed hotel, which is set to be built on a Saudi Arabian island within the Red Sea.
Currently named Ummahat AlShaykh Hotel 12, the resort was designed by British architecture studio Foster + Partners as part of The Red Sea Project.
The project will see an archipelago of 90 undeveloped islands between the cities of Umluj and Al Wajh on the west coast of Saudi Arabia turned into what the developers are billing as the "world's most ambitious tourism development".
Top: part of the hotel will extend above the Red Sea. Above: Foster + Partners is developing Ummahat AlShaykh island
As part of the development Foster + Partners has designed one of three hotels planned for Ummahat AlShaykh island. Although few details of the final design have been released, visualisations show a series of timber-roofed holiday homes, restaurants and seating areas spread across the island.
The hotel will also include a series of suites supported on stilts above the Red Sea that will be accessed by a circular walkway.
The hotel's buildings will have timber roofs
Foster + Partners aimed to design the hotel with a "light touch, non-damaging approach".
"How do you bring people to these places where nobody has been before"" said Gerard Evenden, head of studio at Foster + Partners. "And how do you bring people into those places without damaging anything""

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