Despite increasing pilgrimages every year, it was decided to build a large complex in Mecca in order to solve the shortage of existing accommodation capacity. In this context, Foster + Partners Team’s work deserves the award among the participants in the Jabal Omar Development Project Competition.
Foster + Partners won the Jabal Omar Development Project Competition. Company with award-winning design; created a successful concept for the transformation of the buildings in the city of Mecca, which is important for Muslims. Winning scheme re-interprets dense building clusters with a design that forms a gateway for pilgrims along the route to the grand mosque. Due to the changing conditions and the increase in the number of visitors over the years, this project which was developed to solve the problem of accommodation problems has been prepared successfully.
The design of Foster + Partners, prepared as a part of the competition with Jabal Omar Development support; creating a new topography of cascading vertical elements. In almost every room in the design, it seems that the private prayer area, offers a direct view of the great mosque, is separated. In the concept, the design team is making a new study away from the lack of identity that generic hotel rooms, and an emphasis has been placed on the scheme’s interiors.
Luke Fox, head of studio and senior executive partner of the Foster + Partners design team said that Mecca was one of the most unique cities in the world. Fox also added ‘as the home of the holy kaaba — the holiest site in islam — it presents a special challenge and honor for any developer and architect.’ in his words. Fox continues as ‘our design sets out to create an innovative building form that will be respectful to the scale and importance of the grand mosque’. Fox finally stated that the goal of uncovering this unique location is that customers have this special experience of life.
Finally,in this design period, it is simply seen that the firm tried to follow the design philosophy of ‘luxury with humility’ with an understated elegance throughout the development.’