Hotel entrance 'canyon'

Client: Saraya Holdings
Location: Amman, Jordan
Size: 470,000sf
Program: 175-key 4-star hotel, 50 Branded Condominiums, 100,000sf corporate offices
Cost: $143,000,000
Status: In Construction - completion 2016

Key Roles: Anthony Fieldman, former Principal and lead project designer, Perkins+Will

Perkins+Will, Design Architect; Dar Al Handasah, Architect of Record

Images: Unless otherwise noted, copyright owned by Perkins+Will Architects, PC - used by permission


Sited in the new development district of Al-Abdali in Amman, Jordan, the W Hotel and Residences Amman includes a 6-story office podium underlying a new 30-story hotel and luxury residence tower. The two programs are connected by a ‘cushion’ of common amenities, including two restaurants, bar, business center, swimming pool, spa and fitness club – sited atop the podium to take full advantage of views and a ten-month outdoor season.

The building form takes its inspiration from the sandstone canyon lands of Southern Jordan, carved by Wadi (rivers) over tens of thousands of years as at the ancient city of Petra. On the property, major entrance canyons and vertical circulation paths are revealed to the exterior as fissures in the buildings’ locally-sourced rock faces. Hotel windows are memorable in their shape, and along with the shaped, rough-hewn stone cladding of the canyons help to marry the building’s identity to its unique context. In the daytime, daylight enters through these fissures deep into the buildings’ public spaces, while at night the light emanates through the dramatic cracks to broadcast these thresholds to establish an iconic presence on the skyline. 

Rendered view from typical guestroom

Rendered overviews of building

Massing study models

Building sections

Rendered detail of facade and 'fissure windows'

Canyon Lighting Analysis. Image credit: Bartenbach Lichtlabor