​Airport City in Jeddah shortlisted for 2021 Design Middle East Award

Chapman Taylor’s masterplan for Airport City, an innovative new urban district adjacent to King Abdulaziz International Airport in Jeddah, has been shortlisted for a 2021 Design Middle East Award in the best future project category.

Airport City will be a world-class, mixed-use development which will become a leading destination for visitors from across Saudi Arabia and the GCC region. The 1.91 million m² GBA masterplan for Airport City introduces an innovative mixed-use community concept to the region, creating diverse tourism and business opportunities while also providing a dynamic lifestyle and family entertainment venue.

The 1.91 million m² GBA masterplan for Airport City

Chapman Taylor is designing this transport-orientated urban development on behalf of client SARH Airport Development and Real Estate Investment, together with AE Prime as a lead consultant and project manager.

The scheme will deliver a dynamic and sustainable mix of provisions around a central avenue, which links the airport's railway station to the airport's dedicated mosque. Included within the masterplan are shops, leisure and entertainment functions, healthcare clinics, private residences, a financial district, an artisans' district, a green food yard and a central artists' district. A "Saudi Dreams" centre will provide an ideal showcase for the Kingdom's culture and ambitions.

The Lifestyle Centre hosts a wide range of leisure and entertainment activities.

The Arena will be a 68,700m2 state-of-the-venue for national sporting, entertainment, and recreational events.

The project creates a new hub gateway to Jeddah and beyond at the strategically important meeting point of the airport, high-speed railway station and the motorway junction between central Jeddah and the Northern Expansion Zone.

The masterplan design emphasises plug & play flexibility and high connectivity, with designs inspired by nature, history and traditional local architecture and art, in addition to careful planning, well-curated community spaces and an in-depth understanding of user requirements.

The 'Calm Community' district contains duplexes and apartments.

The Museum of Saudi Art and Culture will be a landmark feature in this zone’s landscape

Green spaces and water features are provided throughout the development, along with public squares, a village street, botanic gardens, a family promenade and other beautifully landscaped areas.

Airport City Jeddah previously won an Award for “Best Mixed-Use Architecture – Saudi Arabia” at the Arabia Property Awards and “Best Commercial Office” at the Cityscape Intelligence KSA Real Estate Awards.

Well done to everyone involved in this ambitious scheme for this well-deserved award nomination.

Rocío Martínez (MArch, ETSAG)

Senior Masterplanner & Architectural Designer, Madrid

Rocío has a strong design philosophy, believing in creative and responsible design. She sees every project as a new challenge to create the highest quality designs and believes that excellent collaboration and communication are the key pillars for success.

She joined Chapman Taylor’s Shanghai studio in 2014, where she worked on developments at various scales across China, on both architectural and masterplanning projects.

Having refined her international and commercial expertise and acquired a detailed knowledge of customer environments, Rocío returned to Spain to join our Madrid studio in 2016 and has worked on a range of projects in the retail, leisure, mixed-use and masterplanning sectors in Europe, Latin America and the Middle East.


Areas of expertise:

Masterplanning / Retail / Mixed-use / Concept Design

Jan Dijkema (M Arch Dipl. Arch RIBA ARB SBA)

Director, Madrid

Jan has over 20 years’ experience working across a range of large-scale, mixed-use projects in Spain, Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

He joined Chapman Taylor in 2001 and became a Director of the Madrid studio in 2007, where he undertakes a key role in leading multidisciplinary design teams on international projects across the retail, hospitality, office and residential sectors.

He also takes responsibility for organisational support, resource and project planning in the studio.

Areas of expertise:

Masterplanning / Mixed-use / Urban Regeneration / Retail / Leisure / Hotel & Tourism / Workplace / Transportation

Jan comenzó a trabajar para Chapman Taylor en 2001 como arquitecto senior. Desde entonces, ha dirigido equipos multi-disciplinares para el diseño y desarrollo de áreas comerciales, proyectos hoteleros y residenciales.

En 2007 fue ascendido a Director. Su trabajo abarca numerosos proyectos nacionales y un gran número de desarrollos internacionales de uso mixto a gran escala. También se encarga de planificar los recursos necesarios para el buen funcionamiento y desarrollo de los proyectos en el estudio.

Áreas de especialización:

Planes directores / Usos Mixtos / Regeneración Urbana / Centros Comerciales / Ocio / Hoteles y Turismo / Oficinas / Transporte

مدير ,مدريد

يتمتع جان بخبرة تزيد عن 20 عامًا في العمل عبر مجموعة كبيرة من المشاريع الكبيرة متعددة الاستخدامات في إسبانيا وأوروبا والشرق الأوسط وأفريقيا.

انضم إلى تشابمان تايلور في عام 2001 وأصبح مديرًا لاستوديو مدريد في عام 2007 ، حيث يقوم بدور رئيسي في قيادة فرق التصميم متعددة التخصصات في المشاريع الدولية عبر قطاعات المتاجروالضيافة والمكاتب والإسكان.

كما أنه يتحمل مسؤولية الدعم التنظيمي والموارد وتخطيط المشروعات في الاستوديو.

مجالات الخبرة:

التخطيط العام / الاستخدام المتعدد / التجديد الحضري / المتاجر / الترفيه / الفنادق والسياحة / اماكن العمل / النقل

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