Saudi Arabia’s AMAALA’s signature Triple Bay Yacht Club is set over four floors and sits at 7,900 sqm. Billed as the centre piece of the area’s marina development plans, the ultra-luxury development is set within the Triple Bay Marina of the Prince Mohammed bin Salman Nature Reserve.
HKS ARCHITECTS LOOK AT FREE-FLOWING STRUCTURE THAT DELIVERS MEETING POINT BETWEEN LAND AND SEA.
Designed by leading global architects, HKS, Triple Bay Yacht Club wanted to draw inspiration from local landscapes while forming a gateway to the Red Sea, allowing the public access to the waterfront and marina views without exclusion.
Drawing design inspiration from two sets of geometry, HKS first looked to the unique rock formations on the Saudi Red Sea coastline to create the club’s bespoke cantilevered terraces, which echo the natural shape of the surrounding cliffs, eroded over time by wind and sea.
“We were clear from the outset that we wanted to create a building of its place, with the design drawing inspiration from local landscapes and culture, alongside the nature of the marine lifestyle. The team wanted to reimagine the yacht club as a modern concept, a home from home for nautical enthusiasts from all backgrounds, from leisure to elite sport,” said Dan Flower, HKS Design Director and Lead Architect for AMAALA Yacht Club.
ARCHITECTS DREW INSPIRATION FROM SAUDI RED SEA COASTLINE AND MAN’S HISTORY WITH THE SEA
According to HKS design team, they drew creative inspiration from two sets of geometry. The first looked at the unique rock formations on the Saudi Red Sea coastline in order to create the club’s unique cantilevered terraces, “which echo the natural shape of the surrounding cliffs.”
The second inspiration is drawn from mankind’s nautical history. “This nautical edge will ensure the building sits seamlessly within the marina as a central hub and focal point,” revealed HKS Architects in a case study on the design.
In addition, the design references concepts around a traditional Arabian house with a simple, smooth white exterior that reveals luxurious metal externally and a rich palette of natural and locally sourced materials internally such as stone, timber and leather.
TRIPLE BAY YACHT CLUB INTERIOR
The building employs a 360-degree design, with the ground floor as the arrival level of the guests’ journey. The Venetian style grand staircase enables guests to travel up to lounges and restaurants situated in the upper levels.
While the entrance is set within an arch that forms a shaded plaza and frames dramatic views of the Red Sea. The area has a mirrored vaulted ceiling over a star-lit floor, which creates an alternative night sky for guests in the evening.
“The building’s geometry marks the transition from the desert and mountains inland to the open sea and horizon beyond,” reveals the architects.
Spanning three natural bays along the coastline, Triple Bay is designed to create a one-of-a-kind global wellness hub with the entire development targeting a minimum LEED Gold standard for environmental sustainability with the yacht club designed to achieve a LEED Platinum rating.
TRIPLE BAY YACHT CLUB PROJECT FEATURES:
- 4-storey building
- Design inspired by local eroded rock features and traditional air movement architecture
- Terrace restaurant
- Infinity pool deck and rooftop cabana lounge
- Fronted by an 80m Quai d’honneur for yachting events, regattas, launches and passegiata
- Business suite
- Retail outlets
- Complimenting the yacht club’s functions, the 10-hectare basin hosts a 120-berth marina for yachts up to 130m in length, and is designed for both residents and yachting events, regattas and launches.
Phase One of Triple Bay is on track to complete in 2024. It consists of eight resorts offering upwards of 1,300 hotel keys and will also feature a range of luxury F&B outlets, retail, and leisure facilities.