OBMI Signs on for Ritz-Carlton Cairo, Palm Hills in Egypt
OBMI has been selected as lead architect for the Ritz-Carlton Cairo, Palm Hills, in Egypt, set to open in 2012. The firm has revealed the final design concept of the 160-room luxury hotel, which features uninterrupted views of the Giza pyramids. OBMI’s design draws inspiration from the country’s heritage and cultural influences. "Egypt offers a perfect canvas for us to create a timeless yet contemporary resort that greatly incorporates regional materials and historic traditions," says OBMI CEO Doug Kulig. "Our holistic approach reflects the principles of sustainability as well as our dedication and attention to the sensitivity of local customs.”
Distinct architectural elements will include metal columns designed to resemble the structural elegance of the papyrus plant, as well as the use of various water systems inspired by ancient irrigation canals settled along the Nile Basin. Reinterpreting the aesthetic of the Egyptian architecture, the firm has included different courtyards and semi-enclosed outdoor spaces positioned in sequence.
OBMI’s design also calls for luxurious rooms and suites with views of the Egyptian skyline, spa, golf clubhouse, lobby lounge, all-day dining room, poolside grill, two specialty restaurants, grand ballroom, two swimming pools, health club, and shisha (hookah) terrace.
Keeping true to OBMI's signature approach to sustainable design, the architects drew inspiration from Egypt's rich heritage and cultural influences, to create a modern resort capturing the region's mystical aura and unique architecture.