Inspired by nature, history and local architecture, Airport City in Jeddah is a new urban district and this year’s Cityscape Intelligence’s KSA Awards winner in the commercial - office category.
In fact Airport City, Jeddah’s new mixed-use urban district will skilfully combine sustainability, traditional architecture and artistry to create a tourism and investment hub.
DYNAMIC & SUSTAINABLE MIXED-USE COMMUNITY
For London-based Chapman Taylor, the master planners behind the ambitious project, the 1.91 million m² GBA introduces an innovative mixed-use community concept to the region, creating diverse tourism and business opportunities.
“The scheme will deliver a dynamic and sustainable mix of provisions around a central avenue, which links the airport's railway station to the airport's dedicated mosque. Included within the masterplan are shops, leisure and entertainment functions, healthcare clinics, private residences, a financial district, an artisans' district, a green food yard and a central artists' district.
Green spaces and water features are provided throughout the development, along with public squares, a village street, botanic gardens, a family promenade, and other beautifully landscaped areas,” say the master planners.
A CITY WITHIN A CITY
With plans to create investment and tourism hubs across Saudi Arabia, Airport City is a new type of transport-oriented development that sits at the crossroads between Jeddah Airport and the Makkah/Medina HST access, within the Jeddah City Expansion Area and will include within it a complete city district with commercial, residential, retail, entertainment, hospitality, exhibition, and conference and cultural facilities.
“The masterplan creates a socially, economically and commercially sustainable, new-generation mixed-use development with a human scale, creating a perfect synergy between the landscape and the architecture,” according to Chapman Taylor.
- Masterplanner: Chapman Taylor
- Client: SARH Airport Development and Real Estate Investment, together with AE Prime as a lead consultant and project manager
- Design: The masterplan design emphasises plug & play flexibility and high connectivity, with designs inspired by nature, history and traditional local architecture and art, in addition to careful planning, well-curated community spaces and an in-depth understanding of user requirements.
- Ensure energy efficiency and ecological diversity
- A car-free sustainable city
- Providing a complete and balanced mixed-use development, including a feature destination in the beautiful Central Park.
- Planning a very well intra-connected urban development
- Reduce all types of pollution (e.g. air, sound, water, soil)
- Help increase the Saudi contribution to international arts and culture.
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