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In April 2011 we began work on designing a new build hotel in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. The hotel needed to cater for short-term and long-term guests as well as providing a vibrant ground floor that provided services to the general public.

As this was a new building it enabled us to develop the structure in tandem with the project architects. This led to a building with an unbroken flow through the interior space and a seamless transition to the outside realm.

Our approach

Our role was to identify the key products and services the hotel must provide and produce a design that could be operated efficiently. The Ground floor area is a large open L-shape structure, which flanks a series on gardens and an outdoor swimming pool. Restaurants, coffee shops a juice bar and a gym surround the outdoor space creating a physical and visual link between the inside and outside.

Internally, high ceilings and long walls dominate the space. Rather than separating the restaurants, bars and coffee shops by creating solid divisions, our approach was to create screens to maintain a physical link whilst defining areas and creating intimate zones. This created a vibrant, inclusive ground floor.

The 1st and 2nd floors contain 72 generous guest rooms as well as a range of suites featuring, a bedroom, living room, en-suite, guest WC, and kitchenette.

Client: Olayan
Status: Completed 2013