Saudi’s AMAALA steps up design plans with Denniston appointment

Saudi Arabia’s AMAALA gigaproject is ramping up preparations for its 3,800km2 development after appointing international architectural firm Denniston as the master planners for The Island.

Denniston’s French-Belgian architect Jean-Michel Gathy will lead the design of AMAALA’s ‘The Island’ community.

Representing one of AMAALA’s trio of communities, The Island will be the home of an art community, and an Arabic botanical garden.

According to the AMAALA, The Island will have four key design elements: a contemporary art museum and academy, a Riviera-lifestyle artists’ colony, immersive artistic experiences, and art and sculpture co-creation opportunities.

Gathy described the development has “truly unique” and “nothing like it has ever been planned before”.

Commenting on the appointment, AMAALA’s chief executive officer, Nicholas Naples, said Denniston and Jean-Michel Gathy will “bring to life its vision” for The Island.

“AMAALA carves a unique positioning within the global hospitality portfolio, catering to select travellers looking for innovative experiential escapes. Our ambition is to create personalised experiences, catering to the individual needs of each guest,” said Naples.

“It is here where our guests will embark on a transformational journey and feed the soul through arts and cultural offerings, with opportunities for philanthropic art co-creation.”

The move follows the appointment of UK-based architectural and design firm Fosters + Partners as the architecture advisor of AMAALA.

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