HKR Architects’ 800,000 m2 hospitality complex in Mecca, Saudi Arabia goes in for planning
Designed for 40,000 guests at a time, this mixed use project for the Yalj Group will take nine years to develop.
Located 3km south west of Masjid al Haram, the site of one of Islam’s holiest places, the Kaaba, the development provides more than 10,400 rooms, reception areas, dining and multi-purpose rooms, prayer areas and a food court capable of accommodating more than 2,500 people in one sitting.
The accommodation arranged in blocks is focused on thirteen landscaped courtyards and a large central garden that provides communal space at the heart of development.
Traffic is a key design criterion, needing to ensure smooth movement, particularly of coaches during the busy pilgrimage seasons such as the Hajj, when up to 40,000 guests will be accommodated on site. It is also essential to take into consideration the movement of provisions for the 5,000 m2 central kitchen and dining areas as well as the vast laundry and logistical services required for the smooth running of the operation.
Designed to be constructed in three phases over nine years the scheme is being developed by the Yalj Group. Work on scheme design and full permit submission has commenced with a future application programmed for the spring of 2015.