Island resort in harmony with nature, in the Red Sea

Blumer Lehmann is responsible for the timber construction of the tourist buildings at the Ummahat Al Shaykh Island Resort designed by Japanese architect Kengo Kuma. The facility is part of ‘The Red Sea Project’, which will include a total of 50 luxury resorts on 22 islands in the Red Sea on the west coast of Saudi Arabia.

The Red Sea Development Company commissioned Blumer Lehmann to plan, produce and supply the prefabricated timber structures for numerous buildings, including hotels, water and beach villas, a spa and fitness building, restaurants and the reception building. Our teams will also provide technical support and be on hand to supervise the installation crews during the construction phase.

Architect Kengo Kuma took inspiration from the island’s natural elements for the design of the buildings at the luxury resort, including the sand dunes and coral. The gently vaulted Free Form roofs on the low-level rooms of the beach villas and other resort buildings therefore blend harmoniously with the undulating sandy landscape. The design of the water villas, with their spiral-shaped form and panoramic views, is based on the sea coral.

The timber construction of the buildings meets the strict requirements of ‘The Red Sea Project’ in terms of sustainability and preservation of the natural environment. Despite its enormous scale, harmony with nature and sustainability are specified core aims of the project.

Project details

Client:
The Red Sea Development Company
Architecture:
Kengo Kuma & Associates
Project type:
Hotels and restaurants, Leisure and sport
Construction type:
Wood element construction, Free Form
Services:
Timber construction
Construction:
2021-2022
Locality:
Shurayrah Island, Saudi-Arabien
Restaurant in the hotel complex of the Ummahat Al Shayk Island Resort in the Red Sea, designed by Japanese architect Kengo Kuma

The Free Form timber roof on the restaurant at the Ummahat Al Shaykh Island Resort mimics the shape of the sand dunes.

View of the Ummahat Al Shayk Island Resort in the Red Sea, designed by Japanese architect Kengo Kuma

The beach villas are being constructed sustainably and will blend seamlessly with their surroundings – in accordance with the strict requirements of ‘The Red Sea Project’.

Four-bed villa at Ummahat Al Shayk Island Resort in the Red Sea, designed by Japanese architect Kengo Kuma

The gently vaulted Free Form timber roofs on the beach villas for four people resemble the shape of the sand dunes.

Aerial view of the hotel complex at the Ummahat Al Shayk Island Resort in the Red Sea, designed by Japanese architect Kengo Kuma<br/>

The Ummahat Al Shayk Island Resort is one of 50 resorts in The Red Sea Project, which will include a total of 8,000 hotel rooms and 1,000 tourist buildings.

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