Wadi Rum by Oppenheim Architecture

Wadi Resort by Oppenheim Architecture + Design

Florida-based practice Oppenheim Architecture + Design have released these images of their proposals for 47 desert lodges at a resort in Wadi Rum, Jordan.

Wadi Rum by Oppenheim Architecture

The lodges will be carved directly into the sandstone cliff face and the building elements will be made from rammed earth and cement mixed with local red sand.

Wadi Rum by Oppenheim Architecture

Here are some more details from the architects:


Oppenheim Architecture + Design
unveils future primitive lodges in Wadi Rum, Jordan shifting the paradigm of luxury forever
Wadi Rum by Oppenheim Architecture

International “green” architect Chad Oppenheim sets a new benchmark for design and ecological sensitivity with the Wadi Resort - located in Wadi Rum, Jordan, set for completion in 2014.

Wadi Rum by Oppenheim Architecture

Oppenheim Architecture + Design (OAD) beat out a global competition and will execute an unprecedented project comprised of 47 desert lodges, setting forth a future primitive experience for the avid globetrotter, an hour and a half outside of Petra, the ancient city of the Nebataeans carved into the desert rock.

Wadi Rum by Oppenheim Architecture

Oppenheim’s winning proposal set out to reinterpret the way society deals with surrounding nature by taking full advantage of the mystical valley where desert sand meets desert stone.

Wadi Rum by Oppenheim Architecture

The project merges silently with its wondrous setting, exploiting and enhancing the natural beauty of the desert to establish accommodations that are uniquely elemental and luxurious.

Wadi Rum by Oppenheim Architecture

Dramatically situated, the lodges and villas in their various incarnations; are all about a visceral connection to culture and place. The resulting experience is a revolutionary notion of opulence that is intentionally reduced to what is essential.

Wadi Rum by Oppenheim Architecture

The structure of the lodges will be carved into the sandstone cliffs, utilising the existing geological geometries of the rock to devise the form. Other structures are comprised of rammed earth and cement mixed with the local red sand. The minimal yet powerful gestures of the architecture, both built and carved serves to create harmony, and balance while framing and amplifying the surroundings.

Wadi Rum by Oppenheim Architecture

The interior and exterior are deliberately blurred establishing maximum impact with minimum effort. Inspired by the primordial, Oppenheim used his expertise in sustainable design to create passive means of cross ventilation, taking full advantage of the natural cooling effect of the rocks, and proper positioning allowing the project to minimize energy consumption and maximize comfortable healthy living.

Wadi Rum by Oppenheim Architecture

“We have trained and heightened our senses to see, smell, taste, hear, and touch the mystical beauty of Wadi Rum.

Wadi Rum by Oppenheim Architecture

We tapped the inherent power of the desert through primal and instinctual design moves, informed by the forces, rhythms and patterns of nature— past, present, and future,” says Oppenheim about his creative process for the project.

Wadi Rum by Oppenheim Architecture

The strategies employed are those that have been proven over the last thousands of years. We have learned a great deal from the civilisations that have lived in the beautiful and magical desert for millennia.

Wadi Rum by Oppenheim Architecture

Great care has been given to utilising local materials as well as various water conservation measures for both human and site irrigation to establish a relatively closed system of harvesting rain water in subterranean cisterns and re-harvesting grey/black water though a living machine of botanical and biological nature.

Wadi Rum by Oppenheim Architecture

All systems and services will be completely integral to the design.

Wadi Rum by Oppenheim Architecture

The 80,000-square-foot architectonic form responds directly to the rich regional cues: an evolutionary process that has established, over millennia, a clear and appropriate identity found in the Middle East.

Wadi Rum by Oppenheim Architecture