Orient meets Occident
The Hotel Lawrence of Arabia interprets important local, traditional themes. The typological research and the architectural motifs can be traced back to both European and local origins. The rectangular arcade court is home to the monumental entrance building at the centre. The arcades provide protection from the heat outwards and can be used as patios protected from the wind at night. The tower-like entrance building incorporates the hotel lobby, the bar, the breakfast dining room and congress rooms. The outer façade is executed in travertine with window grates of wood. The entrance portal, which connects the surrounding sand desert with the oasis, resembles the gate of Manal in form and execution. It is oriented toward Mecca like a prayer rug.