Riyadh SEPT - NOV 2021

DESERT ACCOMMODATION

Brief

Al Sahara.

There are no other places on earth that can live up to the vast Arabian desert.

Prophets, treasures, lost cities: Al Sahara is the place of the supernatural. Indeed, only the supernatural can live where not even Bedouins dare to enter.  

 

Al Sahara is the place where exploration stops. Here, human ambitions are annihilated, and vanity is overwhelmed. This is because the desert cannot be tamed, comprehended, or measured. The desert can only be contemplated from a distance in the hope of being ignored by its sands. The same sands that on countless occasions surged to demand a tribute of lives, civilizations, and wealth.   

 

In the desert life is impossible. However, at the desert’s edge one can live some of the most intense experiences humans can ever experience: bitter cold, burning heat, silence, sand dunes singing, mirages, sunsets, skies studded with stars and especially lush oases.    

 

Living at the edge of the desert is a privilege for the few. Such privilege is the origin of Desert Accommodation.  

 

Desert Accommodation is YAC’s and Jarir Development’s competition with the goal of designing a guest house for a new settlement of large villas at the borders of Riyadh. Moreover, it aims at exploring the potential of contemporary architecture in one of the last and most majestic sanctuaries of mother nature. 

What kinds of hospitality can be designed in the most inhospitable place by definition?  

 

By providing an answer to such pivotal question, architects will have the opportunity to design a luxury oasis in the Najd plateau overlooking the most brutal and fatal desert of the planet. It will be a contemporary oasis where to relax in the shade of palm and fruit trees enjoying the immense expanse of the desert. Furthermore, it will be a place where to dive in a fresh swimming pool admiring incandescent sands reflecting the sunset. Here, guests will have the opportunity to watch the imminent shade of sandstorms over the horizon protected by the surrounding architectures.     

 

It will be a refuge for the body but especially a hermitage for the spirit. This is because the oasis and the desert are opposites that involve human beings in all their complexity. In fact, according to an old saying of the nomads of the desert: “God created oases so that people can live in them, and the desert so that they can find their soul again”.

 

Yac thanks all the architects who will take part in this challenge. 

 

Winners

1st PRIZE

TEAM

NOMAD

MEMBERS

Clement Molinier, Philippe Paumelle

2nd PRIZE

TEAM

NeverLab

MEMBERS

Stefana Zapuc, Teddy Fadous

3rd PRIZE

TEAM

GEO STUDIO

MEMBERS

Wenlin Zhu, Weizhi Zhao, Junsong Li, Zishen Xu

Gold Mentions

TEAM

AGC architecture

MEMBERS

Giorgia Console, Alberto Gaglio

TEAM

MFA

MEMBERS

Thomas Michielin

Mentions

Finalists

1st PRIZE
8.000 €

All the awarded proposals will be transmitted to architectural magazines and websites + international exhibitions  

2nd PRIZE
4.000 €

All the awarded proposals will be transmitted to architectural magazines and websites + international exhibitions  

3rd PRIZE
2.000 €

All the awarded proposals will be transmitted to architectural magazines and websites + international exhibitions  

n. 2 GOLD MENTIONS
500 €

All the awarded proposals will be transmitted to architectural magazines and websites + international exhibitions  

n. 10 HONORABLE MENTIONS

All the awarded proposals will be transmitted to architectural magazines and websites + international exhibitions  

30 FINALIST MENTIONS

All the awarded proposals will be transmitted to architectural magazines and websites + international exhibitions  

Jury

Sou Fujimoto
SOU FUJIMOTO ARCHITECTS
Carlo Ratti
CARLO RATTI ARCHITECTS
Abdulsalam Al-Agil
JARIR COMPANY
Ammar Atfah
JARIR COMPANY
Ben van Berkel
UNstudio
Eli Synnevåg
SNØHETTA
Emiliano Roia
MORQ
Lorenzo Boddi
BIG - BJARKE INGELS GROUP

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