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On Our Radar: Riverwalk, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

This 100,000-square-foot mixed use district features a range of retailers and restaurants



Photography: Courtesy of Cass Calder Smith Architecture + Interiors, New York

DESIGNED BY CASS CALDER Smith Architecture + Interiors (New York), Riverwalk is a recently opened 100,000-square-foot, commercial development in the Taawon District of Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, featuring a lifestyle center and public park with more than 30 restaurants and retail spaces.

Its overall design centers around food and beverage tenants with outdoor seating and a reflecting pool in the landscaped plaza, reminiscent of a desert oasis. This reflecting pool has three “islands”: Two are irregular shapes with welcoming lawns, and the center island features a panoramic elevator and tower. Three levels among six buildings house a range of shopping destinations, and the plaza is walkable and accessible.  Its buildings are primarily off-white with smooth plaster, providing a sculpted appearance.

With Riyadh being a car-based city, Riverwalk allows for a rare pedestrian gathering space in this bustling city with a population of 8 million residents.

📷 Courtesy of Cass Calder Smith Architecture + Interiors, NY



MasterClass: ‘Re-Sparkling’ Retail: Using Store Design to Build Trust, Faith and Brand Loyalty

HOW CAN WE EMPOWER and inspire senior leaders to see design as an investment for future retail growth? This session, led by retail design expert Ian Johnston from Quinine Design, explores how physical stores remain unmatched in the ability to build trust, faith, and loyalty with your customers, ultimately driving shareholder value.

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Ian Johnston
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