Masterplanning for the 40ha hotel, retail and medical centre in the Gulf Emirate of Sharjah.
The whole site design engages with the culture and ecology of the region, modifying the micro-climate with extensive shade gardens and natural cooling by the use of tree planting. Water, in the form of thin jet fountains and running water rills, is used in all areas to further cool and soften the dry atmosphere.
In addition, there are four courtyard gardens to accompany the buildings. Following the form of the traditional Islamic garden, the charbagh or ‘fourfold garden’ is used to provide a framework to underpin the design and provide quiet and reflective spaces to aid recovery and recuperation. Extensive use is made of geometric paving and moving water. Shade is created using palm trees and hedging.
The introduction of a valley landscape creates a landscape setting and connective hub. Planting is zoned according to water requirements with indigenous trees and a natural dry plateau landscape (jol), creating a uniting framework across the site.
Architect: Syntax and NBBJ
Area: 40 Ha