Saudi students invited to enter the Kingdom's Red Sea architecture contest

Published: 4 August 2020 - 7:51 a.m.
By: Jane O'Neill
Architectural students are invited to design a new community centre for part of The Red Sea Development Co. (TRSDC).

The winning entry will have the chance to become part of the coastal village in the tourism hub and provide an array of amenities — including a public library, childcare facilities, a gym and a mosque — for TRSDC employees, their families and all those working to develop the destination.

New graduates and students of architecture schools in Saudi universities are called on to submit innovative architectural and urban design solutions that meet aesthetic considerations, enhanced sustainability principles and contribute to the project’s ecosystem.

TRSDC project was announced in July 2017 and is one of the three giga projects aimed at diversifying the Saudi economy in keeping with the Kingdom's 2030 Vision.

Comprised of an archipelago of over 90 islands with stunning coral reefs, dormant volcanoes and untouched nature reserves, the new destination, which covers an area of 28,000 square kilometres, between the cities of Umluj and Al Wajh.

The flagship international tourism destination has sustainability targets including a 100 per cent reliance on renewable energy, a total ban on single-use plastics, and complete carbon neutrality in the destination’s operation

“The essence of the Red Sea Project’s vision is providing young Saudis with opportunities in line with the Kingdom’s 2030 Vision,” sys RSDC CEO John Pagano at the launch of the competition. “With the project rapidly developing, it seeks to attract Saudi talents to join us on this journey.

“We are glad to provide a creative platform for Saudi designers to showcase their experiences and talents, and later implement them on the ground.”

Visit theredsea.co/ecotecture for more information about the competition and how to take part.

Registration will remain open until August 22nd, after which entries can be submitted until October 10th. Award winners will be announced later in October.


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