The 39-hectare site includes residential, retail, hotel, commercial, cultural and civic elements and is part of a new district near Kingdom Tower in Jeddah.
Atelier Ten carried out initial solar exposure and wind flow studies to assist in setting street widths, grid patterns, massing and fenestration orientation. A holistic approach towards infrastructure planning included load intensity and spatial projection mapping for future energy use on a block by block basis and per building type.
An ‘energy highway’ connecting site-wide utility services will share the load across the development as daily usage patterns shift between different building types. This will ensure consistent loading for decentralised energy plants and allow them to run at optimum performance while increasing resilience.
Water management is critical in Saudi Arabia, and our infrastructure strategy will achieve a 50 per cent reduction in potable water consumption over local regulations. Key elements of the water reduction strategy include specification of drought-resistant landscapes and efficient low-flow equipment, reuse of wastewater, and the capture and recycling of condensate from refrigeration coils as greywater.