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.
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?
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.
Clement Molinier, Philippe Paumelle
Stefana Zapuc, Teddy Fadous
Wenlin Zhu, Weizhi Zhao, Junsong Li, Zishen Xu
Giorgia Console, Alberto Gaglio
Rishat Ansar, Zhunisbekov Baglan, Tokpan Makhambet, Srail Bakhtishat
Alessandro Pio Gliaschera, Ekaterina-Madlen Ikonomova
A wealth of layers
youngil kim, markeum kim
Martina Mazzotta, Guendalina Rollo
Ekaterina Voronova, Alexander Simonov
Jesús Llanos Jiménez, David Lebrón Castillo
D I D I D
Zewei Zeng, Xixi Zheng, Canghai Cai, Fangchen Lin, Yu Su, Zhiqi Lin, NINI SU, Zitong Xu
Hyuksang Kwon, Junwon Choi
Adrian Vieza, Angelo Antonucci, Ștefan Epure, Călina Bogasiu, Livia-Maria Stanciu
Nour El Deen Khaled,Rana Yahia, Mohamed Sarhan, Roushan Shaker, Mostafa Saber, Yassin El Hamaky, Nardeen Ibrahim
Raffaele Primo Capasso, Edoardo Maria Fiecconi
Julia Bujak, Zuzanna Wołowiec, Agata Klonecka
Wongphat Jiemvijid, Timpika Wetpanya, Kan Laohavanich
Lucca Ferrarese, Uday Berry
Jonathan Bernal, Valentina Loffa
Arthur Micheron, Roberto Vargas
Soukaina SOUHAMI, Mouad EL BAZE, Nabil CHOKRI, Fatima Zahra Jirari
Ahmad Ehab Elhusseiny, Belal Mahmoud Esmail
Francesco Conti, Carlo D'Alberti, Giorgio Glaviano
Marcello Danelli, Gabriele Currà, Pietro Crevola, Paolo Contri
Ngọc Lê, Trà Nguyễn, Tâm Phan, Hoan Vu
Taho + Jr + FP
Christian Torres, Erick Felipe Castro, Andrés Felipe Roldan, Fabio Andres Palomino, Josman Rojas, Macarena Nahir Salvatierrez Nahir, Salvatierrez, Pablo Renteria Granada
Arianna Carbone, Simone Distefano, Pasquale Massimo
Elicia Javiera, Elen Eriyanty, Hansen Hardiawan, Muh Irsyad, Endri Mutia Zuhra, I Made Agung Mas Surianta, Kharisma Adam
East Consulting Engineering Company
Sean Auld, Marcin Panpuch, Victor Elepanio, Sammy Chen, Visnja Vukicevic, Dhayaghim Alshammari, Jovanni Gallo Fontanilla, Jay Aries Desalisa
shams shaukat, Asad Mustafa
Jon Sealey, Zaina Hussein
Juan Felipe Correa, Mateo Osorio, Daniel Gerardo Caro Gutierrez, Paula Andrea Remolina Pulecio
Ai Ling Ma, Kieve Mercado, Alex Yango, Sammie Theppabute, Winona Yu
Ángela Inmaculada López Sánchez, Renato Golemi
Eunbi Ko, Yoona Lee, Habin Park, Hanseo So
Pablo López Sánchez, Carlos Díez Fornes
Zakaria BOUTEBILA, Benoît Laurence, Ousama Hamdani
Tanguy Nguyen, Julien Bony, Aurélien Bru
Mirae Nam, Hwanseo Lee, Gyuhyeon Choi
pham viet anh
PHAM VIET ANH
hyoseok yoon, Chang Hee Jo, yihyun jeong, Hyunggyu Kim, JunHo Rho
Alex Mingda Zhang
Misak Terzibasiyan, Amir Feizinezhadgheshlaghi
Moni, Ana, Yael y Patxi
Patxi Jauregui, Yael Gonzalez, Ana Elizalde, Monica Muñoz
Vu Manh Thang
Manh Thang Vu
Sou Fujimoto Architects
Ben van Berkel
BIG - Bjarke Ingels Group
Carlo Ratti Architects