The Central Hub in Sharjah: Phase I by Zaha Hadid Architects

Phase One of the Central Hub in Sharjah, designed by our friends at Zaha Hadid Architects, will be completed in the first quarter of 2019: it is the central concept of the $6.5B Aljada development in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates, a major transformational project for a city widely considered the Emirates’ cultural capital: its third largest and most populous. Integral to the design concept for the Central Hub is, in the architects’ own words, “The first moment a water droplet strikes the earth’s surface:” this is reflected in the complex’ array of buildings elliptically shaped to channel winds into public spaces and courtyards, allowing for a system of natural cooling; all told the Central Hub spans just under 2M SqFt, and includes sustainable features for irrigating recovered and recycled water, sustaining a microclimate for its exhaustive gardens, as well as solar-powered lighting solutions.

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