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Al Wathba Visitor Center Abu Dhabi

Flamingo Trail Birdwatch Structures UAE design by Almena Architects, Egypt

7 Sep 2020

Al Wathba Wetland Reserve visitor center Abu Dhabi

Architects: Almena

Location: Al Wathba Wetland Reserve, Abu Dhabi, UAE

Al Wathba Wetland Reserve visitor center Abu Dhabi

Al Wathba Wetland Reserve visitor center in Abu Dhabi

The design concept for Al Wathba Wetland Reserve visitor center aims to enhance and demonstrate the reserve’s unique environment, create an adaptable building, and allow the visitor to get a unique experience and interact with nature without any disturbance to the animal and plant life.

Al Wathba Wetland Reserve visitor center Abu Dhabi

The design approach depends on raising the building from the ground to open the view of the entire reverse without any visual impediments to the visitor through the use of thin wooden columns to carry the building, while at the same time creating a structure that minimizes the amount of interference and digging in the reserve’s soil.

Al Wathba Wetland Reserve visitor center Abu Dhabi

The project program was developed in a circular ring structure to allow the visitor 360 degrees panoramic view into the horizon to give a sense of infinite and focus on the reserve’s unique environment.

Al Wathba Wetland Reserve visitor center Abu Dhabi

Also, by raising the building above the ground, it creates an endless helix journey through the building to make it act like a large observatory tower to view the richness of “Al Wathba Wetland Reserve” without any hindrance.

Al Wathba Wetland Reserve visitor center Abu Dhabi

The ground floor has been freed and made entirely open to enhance visual contact with nature to give the visitor a sense of complete freedom of movement building to ensure that the visitor experience is worthwhile, satisfying, and enjoyable.

Al Wathba Wetland Reserve visitor center Abu Dhabi

The building’s morphology creates a courtyard act as an oasis. It allows the ground and top floor space to connect through a ramped helix and provides direct communication between the oasis and the building, creating a unique interactive experience between the people inside and outside the building.

Al Wathba Wetland Reserve visitor center Abu Dhabi

The ramp also provides a shaded walkway that allows you to see a panoramic view of the reserve while enjoying the outdoors.

Al Wathba Wetland Reserve visitor center building plan

The building’s skin is an output of dealing with parameters including cost, climate, culture, and construction feasibility.

Al Wathba Wetland Reserve visitor center mass design

The building’s glass façade has been protected using an outer shell that gives the feeling of the Arabic Mashrabiya inside the void and protects from direct sunlight.

Al Wathba Wetland Reserve visitor center Abu Dhabi

It is inspired by the architectural elements of the building in the UAE using the palm reed “Al Areesh.”

Palm reed Al Areesh Emirati building technique UAE

The building also includes figures of the animals inside the reserve, such as flamingo, fog, and other birds, to mix the natural experience with the museum experience. The building was a mixture of nature and museums.

Al Wathba Wetland Reserve visitor center Abu Dhabi

Al Wathba visitor center Abu Dhabi – Building Information

Project Name: A HELIX INTO THE HORIZON
Architecture Firm: Almena
Website: www.almenastudio.com
Contact e-mail: abdelrahman.adel1@yahoo.com
Firm Location: Cairo, Egypt

Competition name: ABU DHABI FLAMINGO VISITOR CENTER
Competition website: https://beebreeders.com/architecturecompetitions/flamingovisitorcenter
Will your project be realized? No
Gross Built Area: 3000 sqm
Project location: Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.

Lead Architects: Abdelrahman Adel & Abdallah Mekkawi
Lead Architects e-mail: abdelrahman.adel1@yahoo.com – abdallahmekkawi@gmail.com

Al Wathba Wetland Reserve visitor center building section

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Location: Al Wathba Wetland Reserve, Abu Dhabi, UAE

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