The Hilton Riyadh is located along the city’s Eastern Ring Road, a major thoroughfare that links King Khalid International Airport with downtown. Comprising two towers connected by a large podium, the project includes a 20-story, 645-key hotel and a 14-story, 221-unit serviced apartment building. The complex will include a variety of food and beverage outlets, two outdoor lounges, 70,000 square feet of meeting facilities, and a large, 44,100-square-foot multipurpose hall, the largest in the city. Leisure and recreational facilities include a men’s spa, health club and pool, as well as similar private facilities for women.
The project’s two towers anchor the site on the east and west, with each planned and configured as three pinwheeling legs around a central elevator core. The towers are aligned on the site to optimize views and solar shading, as well as allow for the large multipurpose hall to span the area between the structures. This connection also helps create a relationship and orientation in the tower masses that helps unify the complex.
The hotel tower has multiple two-level atriums that rotate around the elevator core, creating internal light wells and providing movement in the overall massing. Guest corridors terminate in glass facades as well, providing additional views and connections outdoors. The hotel facade is expressed with undulating reveals along the glass faces with solid, tapered end walls to frame the mass.
The apartment tower has linear slots along the intersecting three wings running the height of the tower to bring light into the core. Here, the glass façade has a weave of undulating forms that, again, bring movement to the mass and are framed by solid, tapering end walls. The roof of the multipurpose hall comprises a mixture of garden areas and terraces that connect the building to the surrounding landscape, as well as relate to the area’s overall master plan.