Foster + Partners creates new designs for Shurayrah Island

12 February 2021 (Last Updated February 12th, 2021 11:23)

Saudi Arabia’s Red Sea Development Company (TRSDC) has unveiled the Coral Bloom concept as the design for Shurayrah Island, created by architectural firm Foster + Partners.

Foster + Partners creates new designs for Shurayrah Island
The proposal also outlines designs for Shurayrah Island’s 11 hotels. Credit: Foster + Partners.

Saudi Arabia’s Red Sea Development Company (TRSDC) has unveiled the Coral Bloom concept as the design for Shurayrah Island, created by architectural firm Foster + Partners.

The concept has been designed to reflect the natural environment of the island.

Foster + Partners Studio head Gerard Evenden said: “Our vision for Shurayrah is inspired by the island’s natural state, with the hotels designed to give the impression that they have washed up on the beaches and nestled among the dunes almost like driftwood.

“The materials we use are low impact and ensure that the pristine environment is protected while the additions we make to the island serve to enhance what is already there, hence the name, Coral Bloom.”

The plan has been designed to avoid disruption to the island’s mangroves and other habitats.

Furthermore, the proposal outlines designs for Shurayrah Island’s 11 hotels, adapted to suit traveller expectations post-Covid-19, including more space.

As part of the new design, beaches will be created on the dolphin-shaped island, along with a new lagoon, contributing to a raised land level.

The changes in the design aim to preserve or improve what already exists on Shurayrah Island and will integrate all hotels and villas within the area’s natural landscape.

Meanwhile, the absence of high-rise buildings will ensure that views remain uninhibited.

For the resorts’ construction, lightweight materials with a low thermal mass that are manufactured offsite will be used for energy-efficient construction and reduced environmental impact.

The complete destination will be powered by renewables.