The Red Sea Development Company (TRSDC) has announced Coral Bloom concept, created by architectural firm Foster + Partners, as the design for its main hub island Shurayrah under the Red Sea Project.
The Coral Bloom concept, unveiled by TRSDC chairman and Saudi Arabia Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, has been designed to avoid disruption to the island’s mangroves and other habitats.
Shurayrah is one of the 12 islands chosen for development. Following completion in 2030, the Red Sea Project will feature 50 hotels with 8,000 hotel rooms and 1,300 residential properties across 22 islands and six inland sites.
It is claimed to be the world’s most ambitious regenerative tourism project.
The new design proposal for the Shurayrah island outlines designs for 11 hotels that will be operated by some of the well-known hotel brands in the world.
The Coral Bloom concept is adapted to suit traveller’s expectations post-Covid-19, including giving them more space.
The hotels will not feature internal corridors to meet the increasing demand for space and seclusion following the Covid-19.
Furthermore, the island’s natural landscape will provide dramatic effect and the hotels and villas will be located within the setting.
Due to the absence of tall buildings, spectacular views can be enjoyed uninhibited.
The resorts will be built with lightweight materials and will be energy efficient construction, with less impact on the environment.
Foster + Partners head of studio Gerard Evenden said: “Our vision for Shurayrah is inspired by the island’s natural state, with the hotels designed to give the impression that they have washed up on the beaches and nestled among the dunes almost like driftwood. The materials we use are low impact and ensure that the pristine environment is protected, while the additions we make to the island serve to enhance what is already there – hence the name, Coral Bloom.
TRSDC CEO John Pagano said: “We expect guests to be awed by what they see when they first arrive at The Red Sea Project, enjoying a truly immersive barefoot luxury experience.
“The Coral Bloom designs, taking inspiration from the incredible flora and fauna found uniquely in Saudi Arabia, promise to make that vision a reality.”