The Red Sea Development Company (TRSDC), the developer behind one of the world’s most sustainable tourism projects, has announced the launch of a competition for Saudi architecture students to design the new community centre for the development’s Coastal Village.
The ‘Ecotecture” Design Competition is aimed at engaging young talent from within the kingdom for the key project. TRSDC is inviting applications for the design competition till August 22.
Under this, students from Saudi universities are being invited to propose eco-friendly designs and architectural renderings that complement the area’s natural environment and historical value, whilst supporting the project’s wider commitments to sustainable development, said a statement from TRSDC.
With competition winners set to be selected in October, the winning designer will have the opportunity to play a part in the creation of Saudi Arabia’s world-leading tourism destination.
The winning entrant’s proposal will be considered as a concept for the destination, it added.
CEO John Pagano said: "In line with Saudi Vision 2030, creating opportunities and a culture of high performance for a new generation of Saudis is an important value to us at The Red Sea Project. With project development gaining pace, we want to ensure that Saudi Arabia’s youngest and brightest talents differentiate themselves by playing a role in shaping the design of the destination."
"As we launch this new competition, we are excited to provide a unique platform for Saudi’s creative young designers to contribute their expertise to this international project," stated Pagano.
TRSDC is developing Saudi Arabia’s flagship international tourism destination and setting new standards in sustainable development. Its sustainability targets include a 100 per cent reliance on renewable energy, a total ban on single-use plastics, and complete carbon neutrality in the destination’s operations.
According to Pagano, the judging panel will comprise internal experts from TRSDC team, covering the fields of design, construction and development.
"Submissions will be judged based on creativity, out-of-the-box architectural and engineering ideas and concepts, integration of smart tech solutions, maturity of designs, functionality, constructability, authenticity, environmental considerations, background research and fulfillment of requirements," he noted.
The Coastal Village development, which is already under way, will eventually be home to the destination’s first 14,000 employees when it opens its first phase in 2022, as well as for the 25,000 construction workers building the destination, said the developer in its statement.
The community centre will sit at the heart of the development, providing a range of services for workers and their families. In addition, the Coastal Village will also include a community library, childcare facilities, a gymnasium, and a mosque for worshippers, it added.-TradeArabia News Service