Drawn as an extrusion of the land itself, the project rises along the lines of an ancient river which descends from the mountains down towards the sea. The flow of the water is abstracted within the sinuous design which meanders towards the land's edge. As water traces the bends of a mountain, forking at its ridges and joining later down the slope, so too does the hotel. And as the water erodes rock to reveal geological layers so too does the design, creating platforms and inbetween, voids of activity.
Designed by independent architect Amin HASNI for the tourism group Arab German for Touristic Development SAE, the project is currently under design development and is expected to complete in the fourth quarter of 2011, costing an estimated €35 million.
Niki May Young