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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

Olivia Romick is VMSD's fall 2023 editorial intern. She's currently studying journalism at the University of Cincinnati and will graduate December 2023. Olivia serves as a news reporter for the campus student newspaper, "The News Record," and formerly served as news editor for West Liberty University's paper, "The Trumpet."





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