Marsa Alam Resort
Marsa Alam, Egypt
22 000 sqm
Concept design phase
Luxury resort main building
Set among sand, sea and rocky terrain, the resort’s Main Building eliminates physical and visual barriers by forming a relationship with its surroundings and blurring the distinction between manipulated and actual topography; resulting in multiple trajectories of circulation paths across the building’s interior and exterior.
The building accommodates the resort’s main food and beverage outlets, front and back-of-house areas, and public and leisure facilities. The organizational concept attempts to tackle the resort industry’s largest obstacle, “how can program adapt to seasonality?” The building’s unique temporal arrangement of program addresses this obstacle.
About the roject:
Project: Marsa Alam Resort
Designer: Albaker Architects
Location: Marsa Alam, Egypt
Area: 22 000 sqm
Status: Concept design phase
About Albaker Architects
Albaker Architects is a Qatari-based international practice founded in 2011 to provide a full range of design solutions ranging from masterplanning to architecture to interior design services. With a solid and unwavering vision to transform places into experiences and destinations, we are convinced that buildings have purposes larger than themselves.
We believe that architecture has a responsibility to respond to more than the simple needs of society. It is our obligation to exceed those needs and invent new techniques and methods for new possibilities to imagine.
We are provoked by the evolving connections that are formed by urban context. The relationships between cities and buildings and the relationship between buildings and users cause us to explore processes and events that intrigue and fascinate.
We embrace an integrated attitude toward our projects as a means to generate architecture. The removal of traditional consultant relationships and the invention of cross-collaborative relationships result in a fertile environment for fresh ideas. Embracing challenges and integrating this collaborative culture with all stakeholders is essential to our creative process.
We respond to multiple levels of challenges by inventing creative solutions which produce experiences and destinations that exceed expectations.
Albaker Architects is led by Yausif Albaker, a Qatari national who studied architectural design in the US. Following his education abroad, Yausif worked in different sectors of the industry from project management to design to construction management and was recruited by the 2022 bid team as the principal architect overseeing all architectural aspects of the historic FIFA bid.
Following the successful announcement that is influencing Qatar’s future, Yausif founded his own architectural practice.