Saudi Arabia’s Red Sea Development Company (TRSDC) has launched the Coral Bloom concept as the design for the main hub island at its gateway destination Shurayrah.
The design, unveiled by Saudi Crown Prince and chairman of TRSDC Mohammed bin Salman, was created by architectural firm Foster + Partners and seeks to reflect the island’s natural environment.
The resorts themselves will be created using lightweight materials with a low thermal mass and manufactured offsite, meaning more energy efficient construction and less impact on the environment.
Gerard Evenden, head of Studio at Foster + Partners, said: “The hotels [will be ] designed to give the impression that they have washed up on the beaches and nestled among the dunes almost like driftwood.”
Upon completion in 2030, the Red Sea project will comprise 50 resorts, offering up to 8,000 hotel rooms and around 1,300 residential properties across 22 islands and six inland sites.
The destination will also include luxury marinas, golf courses, entertainment and leisure facilities.
Work is on track to welcome the first guests by the end of 2022, when the international airport and the first four hotels will open, according to TRSDC.
The remaining 12 hotels planned in phase one will open in 2023.
TRSDC also aims to deliver a 30 per cent net conservation benefit by 2040. It is creating the world’s largest district cooling plant powered by renewable energy 24 hours a day to facilitate centralised cooling across the destination.
The entire destination will be powered by renewables.