Understanding the need of commercial logics and yet reacting to globalized formal typologies, this design proposal for the Squares-Al Sahil retail and leisure complex is inspired by the convergence of the stunning desert dunes with the sea landscape of the Persian Gulf. Located in the city of Al Khobar in Saudi Arabia, the 19,500 sqm project is made of an organic composition of inviting curved buildings with permeable public spaces in between that foster vibrant social interactions at the urban level and create entertaining experiences underneath a pattern-shaped textile canopy. Such design strategy and language also resonate well with the landscape characteristics of the nearby Khobar Corniche, thus fostering a close connection between the two destinations – from a physical as well as perceptual points of view.
The morphology of the individual buildings along with their spatial integration within the surrounding context help defining a clear and yet gentle identity for the project.
Typology: Commercial, Leisure, Retail
Location: Al Khobar, Saudi Arabia
Site area: 19,500 sqm
Client: Al Salimi
Status: International competition
Design team: Stefano Andreani, Mirko Billi
Collaborators: Isa He, Stella Dwifaradewi
The generous curved spaces in between the buildings facing the main street strategically transforms the boulevard into an inviting, open and dynamic environment and help promote cultural change throughout the whole city.