A new hotel hidden within millennia-old sandstone cliffs looks like a modern-day Petra. Take a look inside.



Slide 1 of 23:  Award-winning architect Jean Nouvel has revealed designs for a hotel sculpted from ancient sandstone rock formations in Saudi Arabia. The design is inspired by the building techniques of the Nabateans, whose capital city Petra is one of the seven wonders of the world. New renderings show a sleek glass elevator, rooftop restaurant, and balconies that scatter light across the stone interior. Nouvel has previously designed iconic buildings including the Louvre Abu Dhabi and the National Museum of Qatar. The Sharaan by Jean Nouvel Resort is set to open in 2024 with 40 guest suites and is part of a 10-year tourism partnership between Saudi Arabia and France.   Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. Read the original article on Insider
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A new hotel hidden within millennia-old sandstone cliffs looks like a modern-day Petra. Take a look inside.

A new resort will let visitors spend the night in the millennia-old sandstone rock formations of the Saudi Arabian desert.

Source: Royal Commission for AlUla

Designed by legendary architect Jean Nouvel, the hotel is inspired by the ancient building techniques of the Nabateans.

Source: Royal Commission for AlUla

The Nabateans occupied the Arabian peninsula some 2,000 years ago and are best known for their capital city of Petra.

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Built into the rose-red cliffs of modern-day Jordan, it is one of the seven wonders of the world.

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The Sharaan by Jean Nouvel Resort will be built in AlUla, an ancient site 350 miles south of Petra that is home to over 100 UNESCO-recognized sandstone Nabatean buildings, according to Experience AlUla.

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Taking cue from the Nabateans, Nouvel will sculpt the hotel from the landscape, he said in an interview and release provided to Insider.

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“ALULa is really an open-air museum,” Nouvel said. “When you stroll around, you’re gobsmacked … these particular rock formations and landscapes are actually works of art,” he added. “Building here is a real responsibility.”

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From a distance, the Sharaan by Jean Nouvel Resort will look like just another sandstone rock.

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But as day turns into the night, the hotel will light up the landscape.

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Inside, it will house 40 luxury guest suites, three villas, a pool, and restaurant, among other amenities.

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A large internal patio, visible from the sky, will offer views into lobbies and rooms.

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Nouvel will draw light into the hotel, both through natural patterns in the stone …

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… and modern latticework.

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Guest suites will feature decor inspired by the natural colors of AlUla …

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… and open up to patios that look out over the landscape.

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A glass elevator will take guests through the heart of the hotel …

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… and an open-air restaurant will be located at the top of the 262-foot structure, renderings show.

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The hotel will also be dedicated to operating sustainably and draw on emission-free power.

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Nouvel calls the future resort space “metaphysical” and “poetic.”

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“We don’t often get conditions like these,” he said of AlUla’s towering sandstone rock formations. “It definitely creates something completely unique.”

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The hotel is set to open in 2024 and is part of a 10-year agreement between France and Saudi Arabia signed in 2018 to develop AlUla into a cultural tourism destination.

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“This project aims to open the Kingdom to the world while still respecting Saudi’s historic and cultural roots,” the Royal Commission for AlUla writes of the partnership on its website.

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