Gallery: Wadi Rum Resort: Luxury Eco Lodge Built Right Into The Desert ...

The tent lodge is an inviting oasis.
The tent lodge is an inviting oasis.

The Wadi Rum Desert Lodge is designed to take advantage of the natural landscape in order to fully appreciate the surrounding desert. As such, residences, rooms and hotel amenities are built into the cliffs, and inserted into the natural faults and fissures of the land. The simple forms and architecture are designed to enhance the landscape and provide a direct connection between man and nature. Many of the surfaces and building materials are left raw and accented only by simple materials blurring the boundaries between what is natural and man made.

Included in the project will be a rock lodge, spa lodge, tent lodge and reserve villa offering a variety of accommodations and ways to experience the surrounding Wadi. Oppenheim’s proposal seeks to establish a new benchmark for design, quality and sustainability in the natural environment. Appropriate desert architecture, including shading, natural ventilation and thermal mass will all play a large role in keeping the microclimate comfortable for guests while providing a natural experience in the desert.

+ Oppenheim Architecture

Via Designboom


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  1. zieglerhabitats October 2, 2014 at 1:08 pm

    what is the thermal expansion of the stone, when heated and cooled, what prevents fractures and possible rock fallout similar within caves etc… idea x layouts = nice approach

  2. forgetmenot May 23, 2013 at 10:55 am

    As much as it looks great, I would leave the desert alone!

  3. BigGinerYeti May 19, 2012 at 1:43 pm

    I’m guessing the irony of this project is lost on the developers.

  4. wshuffman April 12, 2012 at 11:59 pm

    This is a horrible project. Anyone who has been to Wadi Rum knows that it would be a terrible tragedy if this project was built at that site. The same as if a company decided to carve hotel rooms into the sides of the Grand Canyon or at Zion National Park, defacing the natural beauty. I’m dissapointed to see Inhabitant publicizing this project.

  5. yahya August 1, 2011 at 7:30 am

    how could it be “ECO” while it’s being carved in the cliff?? thats not sustainable nor natural it should have the minimal impact on the site specially this breath tacking site so if they wake up one day and decided to remove it!!! or am i wrong?

  6. Mahaqadoum May 22, 2011 at 12:52 pm

    It’s really beautiful

  7. thedisgruntledarchitect May 6, 2011 at 9:42 pm

    I see how this design is striking, especially as a rendering when Photoshop can create very dynamic enhancements; however, while it does convey a sense of power married with elegance and rawness I question whether this would ultimately convey this same aura in the true built environment. Additionally, the concept of nature ebbing and flowing over millennium and evolving a natural shape does not fit well with the actual design which is punctuated and distinctly carved. Again, while striking, the design does not convey the sense of harmony with nature as it is purported to; it is quite abruptly carved into an existing evolution. But it is thought provoking.

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