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Foster wins Saudi design competition

The competition-winning design by Foster + Partners for a new hotel and apartments in the Saudi city of Makkah has been unviled.

The new mixed-use development will create a new gateway along the route to the Grand Mosque for pilgrims from the world over.

The scheme addresses the shortage of accommodation in Makkah in response to the rapid growth in visitor numbers. The orientation of all rooms and apartments maximise and optimise views towards the Holy Kaaba – the main focal point for every visitor. Every room has a dedicated space for private prayer and contemplation that provides direct views to the Grand Mosque and Holy Kaaba.

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