ME Construction News: Phase 1 of Aljada Central Hub to launch in Q4 2018 says Arada

08 March 2018

176,516 sqm Central Hub was designed by Zaha Hadid Architects

Q4 2018 is when Arada intends to launch phase one of its Central Hub, which is a critical part of its $6.5bn Aljada megaproject. Zaha Hadid Architects was awarded the design contract following a global competition and the firm is said to have designed the hub with significant environmental considerations, in line with Arada’s goals of developing a vibrant and sustainable environment.

Arada notes that the winning submission “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.”

Explaining further, the developer says that the hub’s central observation tower is surrounded by public squares that incorporate water features, which use recovered and recycled water. Tensile canopies are said to sustain a microclimate at ground level for gardens populated by species native to the region.

“Zaha Hadid Architects is globally renowned for forward-thinking and transformational urban design. While all of the companies in this design competition offered outstanding designs, Zaha Hadid Architects’ integrated design 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,” said HE Sheikh Sultan bin Ahmed Al Qasimi, chairman of Arada.

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