on 25 May 2022
The 120-berth marina at Triple Bay Yacht Club will accommodate superyachts up to 130m in length
Amaala, the ‘ultra-luxury’ development located along Saudi Arabia’s north-western coast, has revealed renderings for the design of the upcoming Triple Bay Yacht Club, due to open in 2024.
The 10-hectare basin around the club hosts a 120-berth marina for yachts up to 130m in length and is designed for both residents and yachting events, regattas and launches. The marina offers deepwater superyacht berths, a fuel dock and personalised service.
The news is the latest development in Saudi Arabia’s endeavour to become a global high-end tourism and yachting hub, following the opening of Jeddah Yacht Club and Marina in December.
Set within the Triple Bay Marina of the Prince Mohammed bin Salman Nature Reserve, the structure of Amaala‘s new yacht club was designed by American architecture firm HKS.
“Amaala is one of the flagship Saudi Vision 2030 projects and remains central to the Kingdom’s ambition to become a global tourism leader,” says John Pagano, CEO of Amaala. “We anticipate that Amaala will become an international hub for luxury yachting, and as such, the yacht club required a world-class design, influenced by the surrounding natural elements and Arabic heritage, and underpinned by our commitment to sustainability
“HKS has created a signature piece of architecture at the heart of Triple Bay, and I look forward to seeing the concept become a globally iconic meeting place for luxury yachting enthusiasts from all over the world.”
Drawing design inspiration from two sets of geometry, HKS says it first looked to the unique rock formations on the Saudi Red Sea coastline to create the club’s cantilevered terraces, which echo the shape of the surrounding cliffs.
“We were clear from the outset that we wanted to create a building of its place, with the 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 from home for nautical enthusiasts from all backgrounds, from leisure to elite sport,” says Dan Flower, HKS design director and lead architect for Amaala Yacht Club.
Kevin Underwood, global head of hospitality at HKS adds: “Amaala offers an unparalleled opportunity to shape a new tourism destination and a new home for yachting on the Red Sea. It is a privilege to be involved as designers of this iconic yacht club, which is a centrepiece for the marina and set to evolve the guest experience.
“We brought together the global expertise of our firm, using our experience of creating luxury destinations to create something truly innovative and contemporary. Sustainability in all aspects is at the heart of our design, seamlessly integrating the building with the stunning mountain and marine landscape of the Red Sea.”
Covering 7,900 sq. m. and set on four levels, the new club says it seeks to “create a home from home for its members whether to do business, relax, entertain or take part in a calendar of yachting events.”
The club’s entrance is set within an arch that forms a shaded plaza and frames dramatic views to the Red Sea. The area has a mirrored vaulted ceiling over a floor set with star-inspired lights, designed to create the impression of a night sky in the evening.
Set across 4,155 sq. km, Triple Bay spans three natural bays along the coastline. The whole development is targeting a minimum LEED Gold standard for sustainability and will be off-grid, powered by renewable energy.
Phase One of Triple Bay consists of eight resorts offering upwards of 1,300 hotel rooms and will also feature luxury F&B outlets, retail, and other leisure facilities, all set to open in 2024.