ARADA has just announced that one of the world’s most prominent architecture practices, Zaha Hadid Architects is to design the Central Hub which is going to be the centerpiece of Aljada, the developer’s new Sharjah mega project.
The project is designed with environmental considerations integrated throughout the masterplan to minimize the consumption of resources. The winning entry conceptualizes the first moment a water droplet strikes the earth’s surface, captured in an array of elliptical buildings designed to channel prevailing winds into civic spaces and courtyards to facilitate cooling during the summer months.
The central observation tower is to be surrounded by public squares that incorporate water features irrigated by recovered and recycled water, while tensile canopies will sustain a microclimate at ground level for verdant gardens featuring species native to the region.
The first phase of the Central Hub will be launched in the last quarter of 2018. It will include the opening of ARADA’s sales centre as well.
Aljada was unveiled by Sheikh Dr Sultan bin Muhammad Al Qasimi, Ruler of Sharjah, last September.
Sheikh Sultan bin Ahmed Al Qasimi, chairman of ARADA, said: “Zaha Hadid Architects’ integrated design approach matched our vision for Aljada’s Central Hub as an interconnected destination. This approach is synonymous with ARADA’s mission to develop rewarding and engaging communities, building the Sharjah of tomorrow.”
The Zaha Hadid Architects design for the Central Hub will incorporate the use of treated wastewater to allow the vegetation in the precinct to flourish, while the architecture will incorporate active and passive measures to lower the demand for indoor cooling, he added.
Aside from the ARADA sales centre, the first phase of the Central Hub will also include an adventure activity zone, a food truck destination showcasing home-grown brands, and outdoor events spaces.
The structure is going to be one of a kind and an architectural masterpiece indeed.
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