Desert Rock Resort, Saudi Arabia

The red sea development company or TRSDC (the developer behind the red sea project) has unveiled plans for its new mountainous resort named ‘Desert Rock’ in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Designed by Oppenheim Architecture, the structure gently perches within the local grand granite mountains, allowing guests to connect with nature, whilst protecting the environment. The construction of Desert Rock already began in july 2021, with developers expecting to welcome the first guests by the end of 2022.



Guests will access the resort through a hidden valley nestled between the mountains. From there, they will be able to find 48 villas and 12 hotel rooms, located amongst the vista. The architecture is fully integrated into the rocky surroundings. In its entirety, the design serves as a tribute to the architects’ philosophy to build with the land, not on the land.



Within the development by TRSDC, a range of accommodation options will be available, from ground-level dwellings to crevice hotel suites midway up the mountain, as well as a number of excavated rooms within the rock mass itself. The resort will feature state-of-the-art facilities, including a world-class spa and fitness center, remote destination dining areas as well as a feature lagoon oasis. Guests will be able to hike, use dune buggies, and star gaze as part of the site-wide activities program.




The structure is designed to achieve the highest leadership in energy and environmental design (LEED) certification, as its architecture is specifically developed to reduce energy consumption and regenerate native flora. Materials excavated from the site will be used to create the infrastructure. Stone will be used for interior and exterior walls and floors, while ground stone and existing sand will be used for concrete aggregate, which is the main building material for all the architecture.