In collaboration with SETS .
Al-Mountazah Al-Barri masterplan seeks to create a sustainable development in harmony with the cultural and architectural heritage of the region by capitalizing on the potentialities of the site and adaptive reuse of existing infrastructure , articulating it into a proposal focused on four main attractors:
Located on an accessible summit, ecolodge hotel benefits from a panoramic outlook on the surrounding context. Architecturally it aims to integrate within the site by articulating itself through a series of receding platforms espousing the topographic contours. These platforms are clad in natural stone with their various hues and are reminiscent of the agricultural terraces in the nearby villages. Their landscaped roofs become gardens for the level above. They encompass the majority of the hotel’s program with only a reception volume on the uppermost level treated as a tent/canopy to greet the visitors.
The rooms tucked within the platforms are multiples of the same basic unit and divided into: deluxe, suites and villas.
Villas are recognizable by their detached wooden pavilions reminiscent of traditional hijazi windcatchers, floating within the private gardens.
– Adventure park
Re-purposing the slab of “Mountazah Al-Sad” as an adventure park (archery, paintball, climbing, ziplines,…) and a collector platform for incoming traffic to the project that is then smoothly dispatched to the various components of the masterplan.
– The spine
Connecting the existing activity platforms into a continuous mountain-front cornice subdivided into various programmatic subzones (gardens, piazzas, foodcourts…) flowing into each other.
– Meyssan heights
Culminating at 2634m with a dramatic western drop on a rocky valley, this mountain ridge is self-designated as a pole for extreme sports, namely a launchpad for parasailing and paragliding.