ima Participates in Design Competition in Saudi Arabia

New sustainable workforce housing community for permanent employees of the Saudi Basic Industries Corporation (SABIC)

Newport Beach, CA, June 30, 2012 --( ima joined with Bassenian Lagoni and K&A to design an exciting solution for a new sustainable workforce housing community for permanent employees of the Saudi Basic Industries Corporation (SABIC), one of the world’s leading manufacturers of chemicals, fertilizers, plastics and metals. This community will be located in the historic Wadi Hanifa preservation area on two adjacent parcels of land: a smaller area in the lower portion of the Wadi and a larger area above the Wadi wall.

The total site is nearly two million square meters including housing, retail, schools, mosques, parks for sports and the neighborhood and an open space trail system. The first community will be a high security gated community for SABIC expatriate employees and short term visitors to SABIC offices, with villas and apartments combining architectural elements of Southwestern United States design and traditional Saudi architecture. The second community will include residential units for local, permanent employees of SABIC who are eligible for home ownership under the SABIC Home Ownership Plan (HOP). The central area between both communities will be a public use green area with a public access road connecting the upper and lower residential areas. The design emphasized a focus on the climate and culture, being sympathetic to the watershed ecology and recognizing the historic qualities of the Regional Wadi environmental system that saw the organization of the House of Saud.

ima creates exceptional spaces that give form and character to the landscape, providing distinctive artistry and economic value for our clients with Master Planning, Development Services and Landscape Architecture. We consult, collaborate, imagine and define a project’s scope and character – from retail and mixed-use destination to office developments and large scale master planning – to create exciting people-oriented environments. We have built our business on pushing the boundaries to create the right solution. We thrive in collaboration and believe that the right design is a balance between vision and reality. We strive to find this balance in a design that can transcend the value for our client to enrich the community experience.

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