Along the starkly arid coast of the Red Sea overlooking the contrasting dark ocean lay an abandoned site. Although it’s topography presented plenty of challenges the cliff edge position offers dramatic potential for a planned “six star” Hotel. Heightening the challenge were necessary environmental controls to prevent any disturbance to the beach and delicate coral shelf. So stepping down the cliff side the hotel development of sea view suites, the balconies, terraces and plazas tightly hug the ground, maximizing space and creating a ‘handing garden’ effect. Each garden clings to the ‘building’ edges, much as nature does in this harsh climate. Trailing plants provide fragrance and colour, softness and privacy to the flowering gardens that cascade right down to the sandy beach.