Ayla Golf Clubhouse

Architectural Wonders Drawing Visual Parallels with a Movie Dune

With the much-anticipated arrival of Dune: Part Two this weekend, we find ourselves captivated by desert vistas and fantastical architecture. From undulating dunes to majestic palaces, the film’s iconic backdrop evokes the essence of some of our cherished endeavours by Oppenheim Architecture.

Continue reading to witness the parallels for yourself!

Nestled within the Saudi Arabian desert, Desert Rock is poised to emerge as a unique regenerative retreat, hewn directly into a mountainside, embracing the vitality and rich heritage of the region by incorporating excavated materials into its construction. Both Dune and Desert Rock exhibit a raw interplay between human ingenuity and the barren expanse of the desert.

Dune: Part One                                                                    Desert Rock
Dune: Part One Desert Rock (Photo credit: Luxigon)

“We wanted to create a destination that allows guests to experience Saudi Arabia’s untouched beauty. Desert Rock will provide guests with uninterrupted spectacular views while preserving the natural landscape for future generations to enjoy,” said John Pagano, CEO of the company behind the project, The Red Sea Development Company (TRSDC). He added, “We have drawn inspiration from the surrounding environment, while providing unparalleled luxury, allowing guests to connect with nature and create memorable experiences.”

Transitioning indoors, Dune: Part One mesmerised audiences with its medieval stronghold adorned with intricate lattice windows, casting interplay of light and shadow. Oppenheim’s bespoke arches at the Ayla Golf Clubhouse in Aqaba, Jordan, echo this interplay, allowing sunlight to dance and imbue its environs with radiance.

Dune: Part One                                                      Ayla                                                  Dune: Part Two
Dune: Part One Ayla Dune: Part Two

The dramatic arched formations depicted in the cover art of Dune: Part One strikingly mirror the warm orange and deep brown hues manifested in the Ayla entrance, while the undulating, sand-like texture of the structure seamlessly emulates the rolling terrain glimpsed in the sequel’s trailer.

As cinephiles eagerly await the long-delayed film, we endeavour to underscore the role of architecture in cinematic settings. Both projects offer an immersive destination for enthusiasts, affording them the chance to embark on their own Dune-inspired journey.