Open Call: (S) Squares Showrooms (Retail) in Dammam City

The vision for the project is to create unique and innovative showrooms, in Uhud area, Dammam city, Saudi Arabia |Asian country|Asian nation”> Saudi Arabia . Our aim is to style a contemporary , cost-effective space that draws prominent tenants of F&B and retail shops. The architect should create an integrated design of the project’s architecture, landscape and public indoor area.

1.2 Background:
S Squares is one among the newest projects of Al Salimi Company and it’s located in Uhud in Damam city, Saudi Arabia. Uhud is becoming the new hotspot for business activity and allot of the encompassing lands are under development, which makes it a really attractive location, specially that also as commercial it’s a dense residential housing area, and thus a high traffic of tourists is predicted .

1.3 Design Theme:
The design intention to S Squares is to make a particular and attractive showroom, which will interest tenants to rent the units. In our projects we always aim to reinforce the act by providing an interesting space that has very unique features. The designer should be ready to design a cost-efficient space without compromising design and innovation but instead efficiently use economical material during a thanks to enhance the project.

2.0 Site & Project Information

2.1 Site General Characteristics

The land may be a square shape of 60m by 60m, giving us a complete area of three ,600sqm. The Allowable Footprint is 1,800 sqm (50% of Land). the location has three facades hospitable street (South, West and North), and therefore the side is connected by a neighboring land. The South Façade is facing a highway – king Fahad, and therefore the site has an access from the most road by a frontage road , there also are a public parking lot which is under the govt . Along an equivalent strip located many commercial buildings, but from the rear side (North) is where the residential areas are located.

All Required project information (CAD files which include land survey and setbacks, site photos in high-resolution & Google map location, can be downloaded from this LINK.

2.2 Subject Site Context

Please see PDF file

2.3 Municipality Regulations:

a) Setbacks:
• From main road 6m (South)
• From Aisle side 3m (West)
• Back side road 3m (North)
• Neighbor side 2m (East)

b) Floors and Areas:
• Ground floor + 1
• Ground Floor Area is 1,800 sqm
• First floor area is 1,800 sqm

2.4 Project’s Program & Area Schedule:

• Ground Floor:
– Area = 1,800sqm
– High ceiling to allow tenants the option of having a mezzanine floor.
– Three drive through units.
– Provide outdoor seating area on GF with landscape.

• First Floor:
– Area = 1,800sqm
– First floor to include outdoor terraces, that will act as canopies for the GF.

General Project Requirements
• Area per unit:
– 150 SQM Showroom with drive-through (X2)
– 60 SQM Showroom with drive-through (X1)
– 80 SQM – 130 SQM for all remaining showroom units

• Project program and requirements:
– Provide prayer room for 20 people + ablution area
– Storage room
– Security room + WC
– Public WC – Female (X3) Male (X3)
– One service elevator
– Two public elevators
– The central area can be utilized for events where it can fit small kiosks (ex. Food festivals etc.)
– No AC units to be installed only AC connection to be provided, however, the AC location should be considered.

• Parking Requirement:
– 72 Parking bays
– Each parking bay to be 6m X 3m
– The parking area can be accommodated at the setbacks (this is up to the designer’s approach and concept)

• Drive through and design approach:
– Drive through designer should provide 2 options
1. Consider these shops to be accommodated by KFC & Hardees (150SQM) and Krispy Kreme for the 60 SQM
2. Considering the above drive through to be accommodated by any coffee shop.

3.0 Deliverables:

Architectural Concept Design:
– Submit your design as PDF binder includes the following:
– Cover sheet, including designer biography and participant’s ID
– Site plan, showing (Site approach, Land distribution, hardscape & landscape)
– Floor Plan for each level. Should include area schedule and unit numbering.
– BUA schedule.
– Elevations.
– Sections (Minimum).
– 3D perspectives (2 at least with night and daytime).
– Material Selection and material description.
– Cost estimation
– Boards’ size should be landscape A2. The design presentation should be submitted as a combined PDF.
– CAD files should be included in the submittals.

4.0 Registration Process:
Please send us an email on the below address confirming your participation in the competition. Our team will send you back a confirmation email along with your participating ID.
Email: Competition31@alsalimi.com

5.0 Competition Prizes:
First prize – USD 9,000 + Certificate
Second prize – USD 5,000 + Certificate.
Third prize – USD 3,000 + Certificate.

6.0 Timeline:
Registration will be open until 15 November 2020.
Competition submission deadline 6 December 2020.

Check out Alsalimi official website. Download the information related to this competition here.

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