Architect: Zaha Hadid Architects
Town: Sharjah, UAE
Zaha Hadid Architects will oversee the design and development of the $6.5 billion Aljada Central Hub, a new leisure and entertainment destination in Sharjah, UAE. Property developers, ARADA, have announced phase one of the project, to be completed in the first quarter of next year.
The Central Hub’s design conceptualises the first moment a water droplet strikes the earth’s surface, captured in an array of elliptical buildings that are designed to channel prevailing winds into public spaces and courtyards to aid cooling. ARADA’s commitment to sustainability and smart technologies is integrated within the Central Hub. The complex’s natural ecosystem, irrigated by recovered and recycled water, is designed to sustain a microclimate at ground level for gardens featuring plant species native to the region, while the Central Hub’s lighting requirements will be entirely provided by smart solar power.
More than 25 football fields in size (1.9 million square feet), the car-free Central Hub is focussed around its large central plaza and public observation tower. The plan integrates a variety of civic spaces designed with natural cooling strategies. In total, there will be 732,000 square feet of public squares and gardens on the site, including a large community park that covers a quarter of the complex with thousands of specially selected native trees and plants.
The main contract for the first phase of the Central Hub has been awarded to Modern Building Contracting Company (MBCC). Over 328,000 square feet in size, the first phase of the Central Hub will include a community centre, food truck village, children's play area, outdoor activity area (with a skate park), pop-up events and ARADA's experiential sales centre. The second and third phases of the Central Hub are scheduled to be completed in 2020 and 2022, respectively. Facilities and attractions include a water play area, extreme sports centre, an entertainment complex for families, retails zones, an adventure course and a community park.
Aljada has become Sharjah’s fastest-selling residential community and the masterplan has been carefully designed with walkability and green spaces in mind, allowing residents, workers and visitors the ability to live, work and play within a fully integrated and sustainable community. Delivered in phases starting in 2019, the entire project is expected to be completed by 2025.
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