HUB OF ACTIVITY
Zaha Hadid Architects has been appointed to design the Central Hub of UAE developer ARADA’s Aljada community project in Sharjah.
The Dhs24 billion scheme – the largest ever seen in the emirate – conceptualises the moment a water droplet hits the ground with a series of elliptical buildings constructed around a central observation tower, enabling prevailing winds to be channelled into civic spaces and courtyards to assist with cooling during summer months.
Water features in public squares are irrigated by recovered and recycled water, further helping sustain a suitable microclimate at ground level for species native to the region.
The project includes provision of homes for 70,000 residents, around 500,000 square metres of offices and a 165,000-square metre shopping district, as well as the ZHA cultural hub.
HE Sheikh Sultan bin Ahmed Al Qasimi, Chairman of ARADA, said: “While all of the companies in this design competition offered outstanding designs, Zaha Hadid Architects’ integrated 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 first phase of the 175,000-square metre Central Hub will create family-friendly attractions, including an adventure activity zone, a food market and outdoor events spaces.
The entire project is expected to be completed by 2025.