Zaha Hadid Architects wins global competition to design Aljada’s Central Hub
UAE-based property development firm Arada has awarded Zaha Hadid Architects the Central Hub project, which will be the centrepiece of Aljada, the developer’s iconic Sharjah megaproject. The firm was awarded the contract following a competition featuring some of the most acclaimed architects from around the world.
Environmental considerations have been integrated throughout the masterplan to minimise the consumption of resources. The winning entry conceptualises 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 surrounded by vibrant public squares that incorporate water features irrigated by recovered and recycled water, while tensile canopies will sustain a micro-climate at ground level for gardens featuring species native to the region. The design will also incorporate the use of treated wastewater to allow the vegetation in the precinct to flourish, while the architecture will deploy active and passive measures to lower the demand for indoor cooling.
Construction on Aljada will begin in the first quarter of 2018, and the entire project is expected to be completed by 2025.