KLINGMANN
KLINGMANN
Architecture Project
    DAMAC TOWER
    Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
    KABC was invited to submit a proposal for a 25-story hotel tower in the center of Riyadh. The tower’s site is located across the street from the city’s iconic Kingdom Tower. The design of the building is based on a rectangular shape, which houses a double-loaded corridor of modular units. The building is a typical reinforced concrete structure with a regular column grid that follows the module of the individual rooms. The module maximizes the GFA and creates maximum flexibility for the layout of specific hotel room types (single-bed, double-bed, three-bed suites), which can be easily adjusted according to market demand. As the floors move upward, however, the rectangular footprint twists in the direction of the Kingdom Tower. The twist maximizes the number of rooms with views of the Kingdom Tower. Damac Tower seems to twist and lean forward in a symbolic gesture to greet the Kingdom Tower. The twisting effect is produced increasing the depth of each balcony, slightly beyond the balcony of the floor below. The decorative outer façade is based on a regular Islamic pattern, encloses the balconies, and provides shade and privacy for the residents. The inner façade, made of concrete, features decorative wooden shutters to filter light.
    Data
    LOCATION: Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
    SITE AREA: 28,665 m2
    PROJECT SCOPE: Architectural Design, Landscape Design
    PROJECT TYPE: Hotel
    CLIENT: Damac Properties

    PROJECT SHEET
    Credits
    DESIGN TEAM:
    KABC Team: Anna Klingmann, Ling Zhong, Chelsea Zhou, Fidelma Hawney