Solitaire
Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

Reinventing retail as a vibrant urban district promoting social interaction and creating a landmark destination

Service

Masterplanning, Architecture, Landscape design, Interior design

Sector

Mixed use, retail

Client

Al-Marqab Investment Company

Size

65 000sqm GLA

Challenge

Benoy were asked to develop a compelling and robust design strategy for an urban retail district, in keeping with Riyadh’s aspiration to promote sustainable developments. Breaking down the traditional form of a shopping mall and reinventing it as partially open-air retail streets, plazas, boutique streets and an elevated roof garden. The sustainable design strategy includes a series of wind towers aiming to create a comfortable outdoor environment by using passive cooling technology.

Solution

The vision is based on the crystalline forms of a geode; this unique geometry inspired our design and informed the building’s facades, internal finishes and landscape. The diverse programmatic mix is arranged across three levels to create interconnected spaces to engage its users and promote wellbeing. The high quality public realm is the soul of the Solitaire; enticing landscape, water bodies and respite areas are created for the comfort of visitors, to enhance their physical experience.

Result

An innovative design solution creating unique identity and sense of place’- a retail scheme with a series of memorable, interactive spaces and a flexible development framework, adaptable and responding to market changes.

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