2021

Al Uqair Masterplan Competition

Project objectives:

  • Regeneration old Al Uqair>Creating cultural and leisure destination
  • Protect heritage building >Rehabilitation with adaptive reuse
  • Capitalize of maritime location >Waterfront experience with continuous seaside promenade
  • Celebrate the History of Al Uqair > Excavation old Port, restoration heritage buildings, re-construction some collapsed buildings in the Khan
  • Position Al Uqair ‘on map’>Designing 3 major areas for events: the Festival Square, the Multipurpose Hall, the open court of the ‘Khan’
  • Protect Natural Environment > Understand the local biodiversity defining 4 type of landscape, progressing transition from ‘inland’ towards ‘the sea’: Desert, Oasis, Urban, Marine landscape
  • Celebrate Al Uqair marine tradition>The Maritime Museum in the Custom Building
  • Celebrate Al Uqair trading attitude>The Regional Museum of Trades in the Khan-Fort-Mosque Emirate building’s complex
  • Culture as investment opportunity>A tourist destination with leisure activities: 2 souks, the Boutique Hotel, the ‘floating’ F&B platform, F&B spread in several location
  • Equal intensity of uses through the site> Mix cultural hubs and leisure-F&B in each location, to avoid segregation of areas
  • Full time use of spaces>Plan balanced use of indoor and outdoor areas, to allow functionality in every climatic condition 365 days/year-day and night
  • Understand architectural character ‘genius loci’, avoiding mimetic approach > Plan 3 type of intervention: rehabilitation with restoration of authentic heritage buildings (Custom, Khan-Fort- Mosque Emirate building’s complex), new construction keeping the heritage character & materials in linear simplified manner to show difference between original/new architecture (new Northern development), innovation in some iconic-contemporary architecture (Visitor Center, Festival Square & Floating platform along N-S axis).

Client

Ministry of Culture of Saudi Arabia

Programme

Masterplanning

Location

Al Uqair, KSA

Activity

Masterplan
Architecture Concept Design

Size

126 sqkm project area
1300 ml waterfront
90.000 sqm public spaces
7.800 sqm GFA restored buildings
6.000 sqm GFA new buildings
1000 n°/day expected visitors

Team

AMA
Alternative
RINA
AG&P greenscape
IKON

Year

2021

Status

Competition

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