The historic oasis town of Ghat is located at the foot of the UNESCO World Heritage site of the Acacus Mountains. At the centre of the town is Al Kalalah, a walled Old Town constructed from stone and mud.
The design sees a 40 suite spa retreat hotel incorporated within the walls of the Old Town providing unique spa experiences based around the healing properties of the desert. Bedroom suites and hotel and spa facilities will be set within refurbished mud and stone buildings, as well as in striking new architectural structures that are inserted into unused spaces, which pay reference to the shapes of the Garamantian necropolises of the region.
The hotel is designed around passive cooling and ventilation strategies commonly used in the region, and will make full use of local materials and construction skills. It will act as a catalyst for the rebirth of Al Kalalah and encourage the refurbishment of the Old Town into a vibrant destination at the foot of the Libyan Sahara’s most spectacular scenery.
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