MPGQS have assisted HKR Architects who have submitted plans for an 800,000 sq m hospitality complex in Mecca on behalf of a private Saudi Arabian client.
Designed to house 40,000 guests at a time, the Kaaki Land scheme comprises 10,400 rooms, reception areas, dining and multi-purpose rooms, prayer areas and a food court with capacity for 2,500 people in one sitting. The rooms are arranged in blocks around 13 landscaped courtyards and a central garden.
The scheme is located 3km south west of Masjid al Haram, the site of one of Islam’s holiest places. Traffic has been a key design consideration because of the need to accommodate large numbers of coaches during busy pilgrimage seasons.
Work started in 2013 and the complex is expected to take nine years to develop.