30 March 2011
Desert Eco Resort
Sited on the edge of an expansive sand-sea, this resort is conceived as a man-made wadi, the Arabic term for a valley or dry riverbed. This sunken desert oasis has hotel accommodation organised around the valley's edge, orientated into the newly formed landscape and with upper floors offered views of the sand dunes. The structure employs high thermal mass, extensive shading to facades and rooftops with terraces below. Each cluster of accommodation is accessed via a protected courtyard, inspired by traditional medina typologies.
[Visualisations by Gruff Ltd and 42 Architects]