AMAALA Reveals Triple Bay Yacht Club Designs by Architectural Firm HKS

AMAALA, the ultra-luxury development located along the northwest coast of Saudi Arabia, has unveiled its iconic design for the Triple Bay Yacht Club.

Located in the Triple Bay Marina of the Prince Mohammed bin Salman Nature Reserve, AMAALA’s new Yacht Club is a key development with a captivating flowing structure that aims to create a unique meeting point between land and sea..

“AMAALA is one of the flagship projects of Saudi Vision 2030 and remains central to the Kingdom’s ambition to become a world leader in tourism. We foresee AMAALA becoming an international hub for luxury yachting, and as such the yacht club needed world-class design, influenced by the surrounding natural elements and Arabian heritage, and supported by our commitment to sustainability,” said John Pagano, CEO, AMALA.

“HKS has created an iconic piece of architecture in the heart of Triple Bay, and I can’t wait to see the concept become a globally iconic meeting place for luxury yachting enthusiasts everywhere.”

Drawing inspiration from the design of two sets of geometry, HKS first looked to the unique rock formations of Saudi Arabia’s Red Sea coastline to create the club’s bespoke cantilevered terraces, which echo to the natural shape of the surrounding cliffs, eroded over time by the wind and the sea.

“We were clear from the outset that we wanted to create a building in its place, with a design drawing inspiration from local landscapes and culture, alongside the nature of the marine lifestyle. The team wanted to reimagine the yacht club as a modern concept, a home away from home for water sports enthusiasts from all walks of life, from leisure to elite sport,” said Dan Flower, HKS Design Director and Principal Architect for AMAALA Yacht Club.

The second inspiration is drawn from the relationship of man to the sea and to maritime history. This nautical advantage will ensure that the building fits seamlessly into the marina as a central hub and focal point.

Alongside the ‘sea meets land’ concept, the design references the concept of a traditional Arabic house with a simple smooth white exterior that is scaled back to reveal luxurious metal on the exterior and a rich palette of natural and local materials. inside such as stone, wood and leather.

Covering 7,900m² and spread over four levels, the ultra-luxury club is designed to create a home away from home for its members, whether doing business, relaxing, entertaining or participating in a calendar of nautical events.

Arrival is a key moment for guests by land or sea, with the entrance set in an archway that forms a shaded plaza and offers spectacular views of the Red Sea. The area has a vaulted mirrored ceiling over a starlit floor that creates an alternate night sky for guests in the evening.

The club’s interior, also designed by HKS, and landscaping details are as visually stimulating as the exterior, with unparalleled attention to detail to ensure guests stay connected to the landscapes around them. . Using local materials with an emphasis on stone, wood and metals, and adopting a luxurious yet authentic champagne brass color palette, the lounges and restaurant blend seamlessly with an endless loop shape.

Complementing the functions of the yacht club, the 10-hectare basin accommodates a 120-berth marina for yachts up to 130m in length, and is designed for residents and yachting events, regattas and launches. Deep-water superyacht berths, fuel dock and personalized service ensure Triple Bay’s future classification as a destination for visiting superyachts, international regattas and domestic cruises.

Covering 4,155 km² and due to welcome the first customers in 2024, Triple Bay extends three natural bays along the coastline. The destination is designed to create a one-of-a-kind global wellness center and is underpinned by a commitment to sustainability. The entire development aims for a minimum LEED Gold standard for environmental sustainability.

The first phase of Triple Bay is set to be completed in 2024. It consists of eight resorts offering over 1,300 hotel keys and will also include a range of luxury F&B outlets, retail and leisure facilities.

Work is well advanced at the site to advance enabling infrastructure, preparatory works and key assets with over 1,000 workers already on site. More than 250 contracts have been awarded so far for more than 5 billion riyals, with nearly 1 billion riyals awarded in the first quarter of this year alone, as project delivery ramps up at the site.

A further 1.2 billion riyals are expected to be awarded in the second quarter of the year and a public utilities PPP tender has already been launched to ensure the development meets its sustainability ambitions. The destination will be off-grid, powered only by renewable energy.

Michael J. Chiaramonte