Dubai-based company X-Architects has completed a visitor centre at the Wasit Nature Reserve in Sharjah.
Originally a waste water site and dump, it has been transformed by the removal of 40,000 square metres of rubbish and the planting of 35,000 trees, to assist the conservation of unique salt flats and coastal sand dunes.
The reserve is now home to 350 species of birds, while the visitor centre has been established to educate visitors on the richness of the wetland ecosystem and provide information on what has become a landing zone for 33,000 migrating birds.
The architecture of the centre helps it blend into its surroundings, making full use of existing topography to minimise any visual impact. A pathway leads visitors underground and into a linear gallery, while a transparent wall allows the birds’ natural environment to be fully experienced.