Amaala, a luxury development on Saudi Arabia’s north-western coast, has unveiled the design for its Triple Bay Yacht Club.
Set within the Triple Bay Marina in the Prince Mohammed bin Salman Nature Reserve, the club moves Amaala towards its goal of becoming an international yachting hub.
Its design draws inspiration from the unique rock formations of Saudi Arabia's Red Sea coastline, which are translated as cantilevered terraces that echo the natural contours of the surrounding cliffs.
HKS Design, the company responsible for the project, also draws on the relationship between mankind and the sea, and builds on the idea of the yacht club acting as a meeting point between the land and the sea.
“Amaala is one of the flagship Saudi Vision 2030 projects and remains central to the kingdom’s ambition to become a global tourism leader,” says John Pagano, chief executive of Amaala.
“We anticipate that Amaala will become an international hub for luxury yachting, and as such, the yacht club required a world-class design, influenced by the surrounding natural elements and Arabic heritage, and underpinned by our commitment to sustainability.”
The design also borrows from traditional Arabian houses, with its smooth white exterior and palette of natural and locally sourced materials, such as stone, timber and leather.
The entrance is set within an arch that forms a shaded plaza and acts as a frame for dramatic views of the Red Sea. The area has a mirrored vaulted ceiling over a starlit floor for an added sense of theatre.
Set over four levels and 7,900 square metres, the Triple Bay Yacht Club will house lounges and restaurants, as well as a 120-berth marina for vessels up to 130 metres long. It is designed for residents and yachting events, regattas and launches, with deepwater superyacht berths, a fuel dock and personalised services.
“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,” said Dan Flower, HKS design director and lead architect for Amaala Yacht Club.
“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.”
Set across 4,155 square kilometres and scheduled to host its first guests in 2024, Triple Bay spans three natural bays. It consists of eight resorts offering more than 1,300 hotel rooms and will feature dining outlets and retail and leisure facilities.