KLINGMANN
KLINGMANN
Architecture Project
    AL KHOBAR WATERFRONT
    Al Khobar, Saudi Arabia
    Al Khobar Waterfront is located on Amir Turki Street in the public parks of the Prime Corniche area of Al Khobar, a vibrant commercial district, surrounded by five star hotels, restaurants and shopping centers. It is the first mixed leisure entertainment and recreational development in the oil rich Eastern Province of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, providing over 1 million sq ft of mixed-use space and comprise the following components: A Shopping Center in front of a Traditional Souk, a Sports Complex, and a Marina & Club located near the waterfront.

    While the project’s three components provided a unique blend of activities that appealed to a wide target audience, the challenge for KABC was to create a one-of-a-kind destination that effectively draws patrons from a variety of overlapping markets during different hours of the day within a stimulating pedestrian environment.

    Conceived as a three-dimensional curvilinear landscape, the Al Khobar Waterfront relates to the overall masterplan. The inspiration for the landscape design is based on the complex organizational patterns of Islamic art, which are particularly well expressed in the art forms of calligraphy and geometry.
    Calligraphy and geometry are both ancient Islamic art forms that are intimately connected with the disciplines of architecture and landscape design. Both art forms have most recently inspired dynamic hyper-contemporary morphologies and innovative design.

    When seen from above, people will read the calligraphy as an emblem, while at ground level, the pedestrian will discover a multitude of interlinked Arabic references and meanings. When seen from above, people will read the calligraphy as an emblem, while at ground level, the pedestrian will discover a multitude of interlinked Arabic references and meanings.
    Data
    LOCATION: Al Khobar, Saudi Arabia
    SITE AREA: 100,000 m2
    PROJECT SCOPE: Brand Strategy, Urban Design, Landscape Design
    PROJECT TYPE: Mixed-Use: Shopping Malls, Sports Complex, Marina
    CLIENT: Waterfront Projects, Co., LLC

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    Credits
    DESIGN TEAM:
    KABC Team: Anna Klingmann, Harrison Blair