Wyndham 5-star Hotel, King Abdullah Financial District
Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
Goettsch Partners, Saudi Oger, Ltd.
Wyndham Hotels planned construction of a new 5-star hotel in the emerging King Abdullah Financial District (KAFD) in Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. This was a design / build project led by Saudi Oger, Ltd., with Goettsch Partners as the design architect. Wolff Landscape Architecture, Inc. was selected by Goettsch as a subconsultant based on the landscape architect’s experience with projects in the Middle East, as well as the existing professional relationship between the two firms.
The landscape for the Wyndham Hotel includes several parts: streetscape in the public rights-of-way adjacent to the hotel, a private exterior courtyard at the lobby level, green roof planting on the roof of the podium level, and two exterior courtyard gardens on the upper levels of the building. The ground level private courtyard is linked to the lobby and provides a shaded and sheltered outdoor environment with a seating terrace surrounded on three sides by a water feature and a grove of date palm trees overhead. The palm trees extend beyond the property line to the curb of the adjacent roadway, expanding the reach of the hotel design. The sidewalk in the adjacent rights-of-way is not located adjacent to the curb but, instead, is between the curb and the property line, so that walking along the sidewalk is walking through a landscaped garden with palm trees overhead and lower-level planting on either side. All landscaping is irrigated using the municipal graywater system, designed by a consultant to the landscape architect. The green roof on the roof of the podium level is similarly irrigated, improving the view, reducing glare, and providing visual interest from the tower rooms. The project was completed in 2011.