US design firm hired by SHARACO for Riyadh hotel

Low-rise four-storey structure due for completion in 2016

Riyadh's Diplomatic Quarter where the hotel will be located.
Riyadh's Diplomatic Quarter where the hotel will be located.

The Dubai office of US architecture and design firm Perkins+Will said on Wednesday it had won a contract to build a luxury hotel in Saudi Arabia.

Perkins+Will said in a statement that it has been selected to design the five-star Diplomatic Quarter hotel in Saudi capital Riyadh for Saudi Hotel and Resorts Company (SHARACO).

The low-rise four-storey structure, which is due for completion in 2016, will be inspired by the beauty of the country's wadis and oases, the company said without giving a value for the contract.

"We are thrilled to have been selected for this high profile project which highlights our growing capability in the region for hospitality projects." said Steve Charlton, managing director for Perkins+Will Dubai office.

"The 40,000 square metre project is clad in a unique façade that reflects the local landscape of the region. The façade provides an opportunity for us to take advantage of the layered exterior by creating internal spaces that are lit with filtered natural sunlight creating grand, open yet welcoming spaces," added Ben Piper, Dubai-based director of architectural design for Perkins+Will.

The project comes as part of SHARACO's commitment to deliver high-end building projects in the region.

"As part of SHARACO's new growth strategy we seek to engage the best consultancy teams in setting new building design benchmarks in the region." said Abdullah Alohali, GM Projects, Saudi Hotels & Resorts Co.

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