Description from OMA:
Once the idea of the resort was to provide a momentary escape from everyday hardships; an earthly preview of paradise for temporary consumption… but now in the UAE, where the resort has become the ubiquitous condition, everywhere and ever present, it is the resort itself that is beginning to inspire escape. The mountain resort of Ras al Kaimah present a spectacular natural setting. To enter the rugged landscape of these mountains still feels like breaking new ground.
Rather than domesticating these baren slopes into the standard environment of the traditional resort, this project aims to create a resort that exploits their true natural conditions.
The resort proposes a path that deliberately navigates the mountain to connect the most dramatic points, capturing a diverse range of conditions. Development clings to the path allowing the majority of the site to remain untouched, preserving the natural integrity of the mountain.
Villas are the first component to be implemented along the path. Repeated continuously for the full 10km stretch, the villas articulate the trajectory of the resort. Ten specific moments along the path interrupt the line of villas. Each moment is chosen for its unique topography. These interventions respond to the surrounding site, further capitalizing on the natural assets of the mountains.