Originally a waste-water and rubbish dump, Wasit Nature Reserve is now home to 350 species of birds and a breathing lung to Sharjah city. The new visitor centre built on site was designed by X-Architects and is a facility meant to educate people on the wetland ecosystem.

The rehabilitation process of the damaged eco-system started in 2005, 40,000m2 of rubbish removed, 35,000 trees been re-planted, healing the land from toxic chemicals and conservation of the Unique salt flats and coastal sand dunes.

Sharjah’s Wasit Nature Reserve Visitor Center © X-architects / Nelson Garrido

Sharjah’s Wasit Nature Reserve Visitor Center © X-architects / Nelson Garrido

After years of efforts to bring the non-migratory birds back to the site, WNR is now home to 350 species of birds, a landing zone for 33,000 migrate birds, and a breathing lung to Sharjah city.

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Sharjah’s Wasit Nature Reserve Visitor Center © X-architects / Nelson Garrido

A wetland visitor center is established on site to continue protecting the natural environment, educate people on the richness of the wetland ecosystem and provides information about the birds that frequent the area and other wetlands areas of the emirate. The facility became heaven for bird watchers and researchers.

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Sharjah’s Wasit Nature Reserve Visitor Center © X-architects / Nelson Garrido

The architecture of the center blends with its’ surroundings and uses the existing topography to minimize the visual impact on the natural scene. When visitors arrive, a pathway leads them underground into a linear Gallery. A fully transparent wall allows the visitors to experience the birds’ natural environment and become part of it.

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X-architects

Architectural studio founded in 2003 by architects Ahmed Al-Ali and Farid Esmaeil, who are strong proponents of Arab Culture and its translation into contemporary design, creating projects that are culturally robust and environmentally friendly.

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