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The Red Sea Project.

The Red Sea Development Company (TRSDC) has engaged AKT II to help design two masterplanned resorts in the Red Sea. Targeting LEED Platinum, these twin projects integrate around the Ummahat Al Shaykh islands and are conceived to protect the region’s spectacular biodiversity; inviting visitors to appreciate the stunning local environment and ecology, with a focus on natural wellness.

Targeting LEED Platinum, these twin resorts pioneer a non-invasive ‘light touch’ construction approach.

Ulmuj, Saudi Arabia
The Red Sea Development Company
Kengo Kuma & Associates (Island 9-3)
Foster + Partners (Islands 9-4, 9-5)
Dewan (executive)
Project Value
Floor Area
32 ha
on site

This remote setting and TRSDC’s stringent sustainability policy together demand a non-invasive, industry-pioneering ‘light touch’ construction approach.

AKT II is providing structural, civil, envelope, geotechnical, and transport engineering services for both projects, which together form part of a wider development programme, led by TRSDC, that will draw international tourism to KSA’s western coast. The two resorts provide 82 and 90 villas respectively across the islands’ beaches and waters. Both feature independent pavilion structures for the shared amenities and front- and back-of-house facilities, and are altogether connected with networks of pathways and jetties.

Both schemes respond sensitively to the region’s geography and climate, and to the natural jetty of the islands. The designs minimise any on-site works and interventions by relying heavily on off-site factory fabrication – a key principle within TRSDC’s environmental commitment. A modularised constructive system integrates the envelope, structure and services into prefabricated components which are then transported to site and simply assembled. 

All constructions are removeable, and are designed within tight size and weight limits, to mitigate any heavy transportation nor heavy on-site plant within the installation. Excavation is also minimised, to protect the surrounding sands and seabed. All elements are specified for non-polluting, electric-powered construction, and are fabricated with engineered materials that are chemically robust for the harsh climate and marine exposure.

All superstructure geometries have been parametrically optimised by AKT II’s in-house computational design team, for further material and construction efficiency. The design has been coordinated with consultants in both London and Saudi Arabia, using the latest BIM protocols and tools as set by TRSDC.

Hotel 12, Foster + Partners

Hotel 12, Foster + Partners

Villa, Kengo Kuma & Associates

Restaurant, Kengo Kuma & Associates

Al Fayah