Award Cycle:Status:ShortlistedLocation:Sharjah, United Arab EmiratesClient:Environment and Protected Areas Authority, Sharjah, United Arab EmiratesArchitect:X-Architects, Dubai, UAEDesign:2012Taille:200,000 m²Completed:2015
Part of a much larger project to clean up and rehabilitate this ancient chain of wetlands along the coast, the Wetland Centre aims to provide information and education about this unique environment – and to encourage its preservation. The architecture of the centre uses the existing topography of the site to minimise the structure’s visual impact. Upon arrival, visitors are led underground along a pathway into a linear gallery with a transparent wall that allows them to observe birds in their natural habitat. The centre also has shops, restaurants, lecture halls and offices. Eight bird observation structures are built around the wetland route. The site offers a safe place for reproduction for local fauna and migrant birds, and a unique opportunity to learn about and connect to nature – while serving as a green lung for the inhabitants of Sharjah.