The UK-based architecture firm was awarded the contract following a competition. Its winning entry features an array of elliptical buildings designed to integrate environmental considerations throughout the masterplan to minimise the consumption of resources.
The central observation tower will have public squares with water features irrigated by recycled water, while tensile canopies will sustain a microclimate at ground level for verdant gardens featuring species native to the region.
Phase 1 of the Central Hub, including the opening of ARADA’s sales centre, will be launched in the last quarter of 2018.
HE Sheikh Sultan bin Ahmed Al Qasimi, chairman of ARADA, said: “Zaha Hadid Architects is globally renowned for forward-thinking and transformational urban design.
“While all of the companies in this design competition offered outstanding designs, Zaha Hadid Architects’ integrated design approach matched our vision for Aljada’s Central Hub as an interconnected destination. This approach is synonymous with ARADA’s mission to develop rewarding and engaging communities, building the Sharjah of tomorrow.”
The heart of the AED 24bn Aljada mixed-use development, the 1.9 million sq ft Central Hub will be a new focus for leisure and entertainment in the UAE.
Tariq Khayyat, head of region – Middle East, Zaha Hadid Architects, said: “Zaha Hadid Architects is proud to partner with ARADA on a project designed for Sharjah’s community and its visitors.
“Applying all our knowledge and experience in creating some of the world’s most popular civic spaces, we look forward to working closely with ARADA to deliver the Central Hub; fostering Sharjah’s public realm as a truly global city.”
Launched in September 2017, the 24mn sq ft development will be delivered in phases between 2019 and 2025.
CH2M had been awarded the infrastructure design contract for the project.