That located in Aqaba, Jordan, Kempinski Aqaba, was designed by Nabil Gholam Architects, The whole design for the Kempinski Hotel is mainly defined by two ‘sliding’ concentric arcs, setting out a clear radial geometry converging to a center point located in the sea, hence allowing unblocked sea view to all the guestrooms and facilities.
The building skin reflects an abstraction the famous Jordanian stone carvings through its consistent use of the yellow stone surfaces, punctured with different opening shapes and sizes. Those openings are directly facing the great vistas; the silhouette of red mountains on the east and the calm sea on the west. Landscaping provides natural shading to the project.
Horizontal openings on the eastern façade regulate panoramic views of the granitic mountain silhouette. As guests walk along the back corridor to access their rooms, they are offered a cinematic experience that blocks out the random urbanisation below, frames the mountaintops, and prepares them to the grandiose sea view from their own balcony.