|Project Size||6.8 mil. sqft | 630,000 sqm|
|Services||Architecture, landscape architecture, master planning, pre-development studies, project management, sustainable design|
|Awards||2020 WAN Awards - Gold: Future Projects - Urban Design | 2022 Iconic Awards: Urban Planning|
Taking into account the site’s designation as a Ramsar Wetland of International Importance, this collection of sculpted structures enriches visitors’ experiences while maintaining the wetland’s ecological integrity. These compelling indoor/outdoor spaces echo the habitat, complementing and blending with their sanctuary surroundings. Circulation and solar studies informed the structural designs, which capitalize on the natural elements, resulting in open-air, self-ventilated systems for each space. Designed to engage all ages throughout all seasons, the structures include places to observe the fauna from the hidden confines of a carefully crafted hide or opportunities to traverse the many trails through the newly developed perimeter visitor zone. A childrens’ eco-village caters to family visitors while the many elegant lookout towers offer a panoramic view of this expansive sanctuary, transforming Ras al Khor into a unique destination for ecotourism.