Goettsch Partners unveils design for largest hotel in Riyadh and first in the city for Hilton
Goettsch Partners (GP) is serving as the design architect for a new five star, 900-key business hotel and serviced apartment complex in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. GP is working closely with Riyadh-based architect-of-record Omrania & Associates, as well as hospitality interior design firm David Wrenn Interiors. The client is the General Organization for Social Insurance, an agency of the state.
Comprising two towers connected by a large podium, the project includes a 20 storey, 650-key hotel and a 14 storey, 250-unit serviced apartment building. To be operated as a Hilton property, the complex will include a variety of food and beverage outlets, two outdoor lounges, 70,000 sq ft of meeting facilities, and a large, 44,100 sq ft multipurpose hall, the largest in the city. Leisure and recreational facilities include a men's spa, health club and pool, as well as similar private facilities for women.
The project's two towers anchor the site on the east and west, with each planned and configured as three pin-wheeling legs around a central elevator core. The towers are aligned on the site to optimise views and solar shading, as well as allow for the large multipurpose hall to span the area between the structures. This connection also helps create a relationship and orientation in the tower masses that helps unify the complex.
The hotel tower has multiple two-level atriums that rotate around the elevator core, creating internal light wells and providing movement in the overall massing. Guest corridors terminate in glass facades as well, providing additional views and connections outdoors. Along with the atriums, the hotel façade is expressed with undulating reveals along the glass faces with solid, tapered end walls to frame the mass.
The apartment tower has linear slots along the intersecting three wings running the height of the tower to bring light into the core. Here, the glass façade has a weave of undulating forms that, again, bring movement to the mass and are framed by solid, tapering end walls. The roof of the multipurpose hall comprises a mixture of garden areas and terraces that connect the building to the surrounding landscape, as well as relate to the area's overall master plan.