X Architects' desert resort in Saudi Arabia

Identity|June 2020

X Architects' desert resort in Saudi Arabia
Dubai-based architecture practice X-Architects has won a competition to design a desert resort in Saudi Arabia inspired by the landscape of the Arabian Peninsula’s Empty Quarter.

The luxury 60-key desert hideaway resort is set in the world’s largest sand sea that holds about half as much sand as the Sahara Desert. The terrain is covered with 250-meter-high reddish-orange sand dunes that are interrupted by white salt flats called ‘sabkhas’.

The project aims to intensify the visitor’s natural desert experience by utilising its surrounding landscape and creating a “constellation of architecture” that is integrated with the land.

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June 2020