NEW YORK—Global architecture and design firm Perkins+Will is continuing to expand its international reach in hospitality with three new projects in Saudi Arabia and Brazil.
Recently, construction has begun on the 67-story Kempinski Hotel and Residences tower in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. Located on the Corniche facing the Red Sea, the tower is comprised of 646,000 sq. ft. of luxury hotel accommodations, serviced apartments and condominiums.
Named the “SailTower” by Perkins+Will’s New York office, the structure’s exterior design is a slender rectangle, oriented perpendicular to the shoreline in order to optimize solar exposure and maximize views of the water. The exterior “skin” was created by a unique system of synthetic fabric “architectural sails” that shade the interior spaces, protect balconies from the wind, maintain privacy and house LED lights that create a distinctive pattern over the entire surface of the building. Design Director Robert Goodwin, AIA, LEED AP, stated, “The building will create a unique identity along the Corniche, while responding intelligently to functional, environmental and cultural influences.”
The firm’s Dubai office was recently awarded the design for the 430,500-sq.-ft. Diplomatic Quarter Hotel located in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. The Saudi Hotel and Resorts Company (SHARACO) selected Perkins+Will to design the project as part of SHARACO’s growing commitment to deliver upscale hospitality projects to the region. The design for the low-rise, four-story hotel reflects the country’s natural environment and local culture.
“Our team drew inspiration from local materials, the environment, and the culture to create a hotel that is faithful to the region,” stated Ben Piper, Perkins+Will’s director of architecture. “Just as the city is nourished by nearby Wadi Hanifa, the heart of the development, with its oasis motif, feeds the interior spaces throughout the building, with nature permeating every aspect of the design from the choice of color palette to regional heritage accents and environmental considerations.”
Perkins+Will’s São Paulo office also recently won the hotel contract for the Kallas Hotel Porto Maravilha in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Design Director Luiz Fernando Rocco led the design of the hotel, which aims to capture the spirit and attitude of Rio de Janeiro and is comprised of 225 rooms. The project features various amenities including shops, a fitness center and pool, meeting rooms, and a destination restaurant.