Park Inn-Riyadh (Hotel) by Marwan Zgheib
2012 - 2013, Golden A' Architecture, Building and Urban Design Award Winner
Inspiration
The idea behind the Riyadh Park Inn Hotel originated from the concept of blocks, where from one item a module is created which comes back together to form a series of variations and alternatives, minimizing waste and creating a well knit and unified whole. The same method is applied in construction wood stacking, where one can keep on generating new variations.
Creativity
The designed building is altogether dynamic and static: the dynamism is generated through the movement of the blocks while the rectangular and sober shape gives the building a static foundation. The idea behind the Riyadh Park Inn Hotel originated from the concept of blocks, where from one item a module is created which comes back together to form a series of variations and alternatives, minimizing waste and creating a well knit and unified whole. The same method is applied in construction wood stacking, where one can keep on generating new variations. The proposed hotel lies as a large dynamic element radiating light from the elongated slim slits of its façade and breaking up to expose its central spine, the atrium, defining the entrance and the common spaces of the hotel. Inspired by the design of the Muqarnas (reminiscent of stalactites) in traditional Arabic architecture, the internal vertically zigzagging atrium plays the role of a courtyard and allows for continuous ventilation along the building while creating a human hub for interaction and public activities. The design investigates the relationship between mass and void, creating a sense of privacy where little exposure of the hotel’s internal private activities are reflected to the outside. They seem to be protected by the large mass of stone that buffers inside and outside. Designed according to functional and sustainable requirements, the building offers narrow and deep perforate openings provide natural light while reducing heat absorption and thus energy consumption. The building’s reading is one very much related to the local architectural language of mass and stone. It blocks the views from the outside and protects from the harsh climate thus generating a safe temperate internal space. A differentiation between the reading of the building’s base and body reflects the buildings internal functions and the intricate treatments of the facades show a sensitivity to exposure, light and the play on the different modules.
Design Challenges
Marwan Zgheib did not encounter any design challenges while designing the award winning Park Inn-Riyadh Hotel.
Production Technology
In general, every technical aspect of the project is considered as an opportunity to enhance the performance of the technical systems. Sustainable site planning is highly considered, from light pollution reduction, water efficient landscaping and outdoor air delivery monitoring. Lift systems are designed with the lowest energy consumption and shall be equipped with a regeneration unit returning back to the grid and used elsewhere on site. All major systems shall have a high level of control either by operators or by occupants to promote the productivity, efficiency, comfort and wellbeing of building occupants. The project design has accounted for construction practices that notably reduce or eliminate the negative impact of the building on the environment and occupants. Systems and fittings to optimize the overall energy performance of the building , like water use reduction, minimum indoor air quality performance, controllability of lighting and thermal comfort systems and maximizing daylight and visual comfort. More sophisticated techniques shall be considered like fundamental refrigerant management, enhanced commissioning and fundamental commissioning of building energy systems.
       
     
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