Stéphanie Ledoux and Reda Amalou speak to MEC about designing and integrating the Ashar Tented Resort, so it complements its spectacular surroundings in the Ashar Valley in AlUla, Saudi Arabia.
AlUla is billed as a cultural oasis and open-air living museum. The location is home to the Ashar valley, which has been chosen by the Royal Commission of AlUla (RCU), as one of the sites to develop the Kingdom into a world class tourist destination.
Architecture and interior design studio AW² was selected by the RCU in partnership with the French Agency for AlUla Development (AFALULA), to design a luxury tented resort on an untouched site within the valley. The resort will be located 15km from the Kingdom’s first UNESCO World Heritage Site, Hegra.
Accord, under the Banyan Tree brand, will operate the Ashar Tented Resort with 47 new high-end suites in addition to 35 renovated suites positioned on a neighboring site, bringing the total number of units up to 82. Here, MEC speaks to Stéphanie Ledoux and Reda Amalou, partner architects at AW² Architecture Workshop about the design and delivery of the hospitality project.