Architecture, BIM, Facades, Jeddah, Perkins+Will, Sail Tower, Saudi Arabia

Al Rajhi to create facade for Saudi’s 60-storey Sail Tower

Al Rajhi Building Solutions Group has been appointed to create the curtain-wall facade for Perkins+Will-designed Sail Tower in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.

Overlooking the Red Sea, Sail Tower is a 60-storey building that will comprise 242 luxury hotel rooms, 104 serviced apartments, and parking spaces for 600 cars upon completion.

Images are courtesy of Perkins+Will


The fundamentals of façade selection are changing in the Middle East, as regional construction outfits opt for systems that may boost their facility’s sustainability performance, Construction Week reported.

Belarmino Cordero, division manager for façades at AESG, a UAE-based consultancy, said positive regulatory effort was among the key drivers of innovation in the façade design sector.

“One of the main influencers of change is regulation – whether this involves new standards that are being implemented or old ones that are modified,” Cordero said.

“Examples of these efforts include the use of building information modelling (BIM) being made mandatory for architects, new fire and life safety codes that impose more restrictions on materials and testing, and regulations demanding the use of thermal breaks.” Read about our latest roundtable about why BIM isn’t reaching its full potential in the UAE. 

Cordero noted that awareness about “the sustainability aspects of façades, as well as [their] performance, quality, and durability” was also increasing across the Middle East.

He continued: “We also see that building envelope commissioning is now being demanded from design through to construction stages.

“More and more, computational technology such as BIM and parametric design for façade optimisation is now being introduced to façade design.”