Architectural firm hired for Saudi's Amaala mega project

Denniston will be the master planners for the project’s art community

The Island's South Land Art Gallery
The Island's South Land Art Gallery

Architectural firm Denniston has been brought on as the master planners for one of Amaala’s key locations.

Reported by sister publication Arabian Business, Denniston will help design The Island component of the mega project. Once complete, it will be home to an art museum and academy, along with a number of other establishments and communities for artwork and sculptures. The Island will feature an artists’ village of working studios, artisanal shops, galleries, performance facilities for events and exhibition spaces.

Amaala CEO Nicholas Naples said: “Our ambition is to create personalised experiences, catering to the individual needs of each guest. Entrenched in the philosophies of art, wellness, and inspired by the purity of the Red Sea, we are excited to be working alongside Jean-Michel Gathy and Denniston to bring to life our vision for The Island.”

He added: "It is here where our guests will embark on a transformational journey and feed the soul through arts and cultural offerings, with opportunities for philanthropic art co-creation."

Denniston principal designer Jean-Michel Gathy continued: “The Island development will be an immersive and interactive art-inspired jewel. Its lifestyle components, its landscaping, the museums, and art installations together with the art community will transform this island into the 'Diamond of the Red Sea'.”

Gathy concluded: "It will feature many different venues for permanent installations or temporary exhibitions and artistic performances. The graphic layout of its spine will be distinctive from the air and will be recognised internationally as an iconic landmark. The project features all elements programmed and reflects the areas, numbers and facilities. This is truly unique, nothing like it has ever been planned before."

One of the Kingdom’s largest tourism mega projects, Amaala will sit along the Prince Mohammed bin Salman Nature Reserve across three communities. Once completed, it will feature 1,460 square miles of land, as well as 2,500 hotel keys, 800 villas and homes and a further 200 retail, dining, recreation and wellness spaces.

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