Saudi Arabia has not stopped its efforts change your country modelwith an initiative promoted by the Public Investment Fund of Saudi Arabia to turn it into something more than a large oil and natural gas field.
After the debut of The Line, the double horizontal skyscraper 120 kilometers long, and Siranna, the luxury spa inspired by a medieval fortress, the new objective of the Saudi authorities is the Aquellum, an upside down skyscraper built inside a mountain. A new concept of an exclusive bunkered hotel for millionaires.
Besides sponsoring the last Spanish Super Cup (yes, held in Saudi Arabia), NEOM has the goal of making the country into a luxury tourism destination and investment that attracts millionaires from all over the world with innovative proposals integrated into its natural landscape.
Rendering of the large inner courtyard surrounded by concrete buildings
If The Line covers the territory of Saudi Arabia covered by the desert and Siranna deals with the coast of the Gulf of Aqaba, Aquella’s proposal takes advantage of the mountainous landscape in the northwest of the country. which floats inside the 450 meter mountain to build within a luxury resort that consists of a hotel, apartments and commercial spaces, entertainment and innovation centers and research laboratories. The wet dream of any James Bond movie villain.
Hidden from the view of the world, the access to the site is from one of the largest marinas in the world to be built in an enclave close to the hotel. From here visitors board a boat that takes them down a hidden underground canal that turns out to be the only access to the site.
Once inside, the visitor will be greeted by a large open interior patio from where you can access the facilities more than 100 meters long along the internal walls of the mountain. As explained by Alexander Rieck, the founder of the LAVA studio responsible for the project, “Aquellum is an ultra-luxury inverted skyscraperwhere the front faces in instead of out as usual.”
A series of gardens and walkways lead from the underwater plaza. The project shows a dystopian aesthetic of concrete buildings from where there are balconies, patios and natural terraces watered by waterfalls and indoor pools. “Aquellum becomes a kind of magic cube around which everything develops,” said Nathalie Rozencwajg, founder of Name Architecture.
The only part of the building that has contact with the outside is the roof, which is designed as an open-air garden arranged in the form of a network of paths that remain suspended in the great void of the underground plaza. .
The venue is not the only one It is aimed at luxury tourismbut within it also lies the world of creativity represented by The Generator, a research laboratory equipped with the latest metaverse technology that will offer new tools to creators.