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Highlights from Eedama Sustainable Installations


The Tubipora Desert Rose - Abu Dhabi Flamingo Observation Tower

Eedama worked on a design proposal for the Flamingo Observation Tower located in Al Wathba Reserve, 40 km southeast of Abu Dhabi. The observation tower is designed as an addition to the existing visitor center, and is intended to be a new architectural landmark in the wetlands. The specifications for the project were for it to have a limited floor area of 400 m2, height of 12, be durable, easy to maintain, and handicapped-accessible.

Project Concept
A hidden structure that blends in harmony with the site’s natural context without causing disturbance to its inhabitants. It has a sinusoidal shape that takes the silhouette of the red thumb species found abundantly on site. The design is based on an inclusive ramp that takes individuals on a learning journey through enclosed spaces and allows them to experience the site from different viewpoints and platforms.

Function
There are three main platforms alongside three viewing areas that direct the user into a specific attraction on site. The platforms include seating and observational areas while the largest platform includes an interactive space for students and researchers to take notes or work on their related studies. The last platform shows a 360 view. Prior to reaching these platforms, the individuals walk through the enclosed ramp that acts as an educational hub; showcasing Abu Dhabi’s natural environment and species whilst communicating the site’s main features.

Structure
The structure of the tower is inspired from the tubipora which stabilizes itself using vertical tubes to support the horizontal platforms. It uses COB as tubes to support the ramp alongside the curved COB walls and steel columns which reduces the carbon footprint of the structure while holding the weight of the ramp made out of precast concrete as this will ensure minimum disturbance to site.

Sustainability Integration
Social Aspect:
Inclusive structure that acts as an educational vehicle for the community and tourists.
Economical Aspect:
Durable & feasible structure that is derived from the site and is easily maintained.
Environmental Aspect:
Using passive design strategies and natural local material from site to minimize carbon footprint.

Energy – Efficient Solar Domes of the Desert - Mega Dunes Ecolodges Abu Dhabi

The UAE is gifted with a high sun intensity, so why not put that into use. Introducing the energy - efficient solar domes of the desert, a completely off – grid solution with a positive environmental impact, that offers a unique glamping experience. It consists of 30 lodges with a common hub that connects them with the main services.

Project Concept
The concept was inspired from the different shapes and levels of the sand dunes that were implemented in the design through integrating different domes together. The design of the site places the main common hub towards the North, while the lodges are placed on the site in three different directions: the east wing, west wing and the south wing. These wings are connected through a shaded pathway that integrates solar panels that are partly used to power the project. Alongside these wings, stands a feeding zone, a resting zone and an Oasis zone that allows for the interaction with the wildlife present on site with tenants and tourists/visitors. These zones include water bodies that cool down the surrounding while allowing visitors to have different experiences with every route they take. Most lodges face towards the north so that the exterior shell holding the panels is facing south for maximum direct sunlight.

Function
The common hub acts as an educational visitor center that allows tourists to come and explore the wildlife in the desert while learning about sustainable design. It contains a reception, display area and lobby, office area, storage, and finally, a restaurant. The shells on the exterior of the hub are placed approximately 3 meters away from the walls of the hub to create a shaded exterior space, used for the restaurant and additional viewing area. Two courtyards are also found in the hub, allowing additional light and greenery into the building.
Stepping into the dome-shaped lodges, the user experiences a calm and serene interior. All lodges contain the main elements required for the camp: a bedroom, washing amenities, a movable sustainable air condition unit and a generation unit. The VIP lodge includes more features such as a living room and a viewing room and terrace on the first floor.

Plans & Structure
The domes stand on a precast concrete base with a steel structure that holds the unique shape of solar cells as well as composite aluminum panels. On the inside, high insulation is fixated to guarantee the indoor comfort and prevent the heat accumulation and transfer into the dome. The interior is finished with plaster and paint to give a soft touch. In addition, the design of the lodges allows them to be assembled and disassembled when necessary.
The glass used in this project is triple glazed glass to ensure minimal heat transfer, while allowing maximum views. The glass part of the dome is designed in a way that allows gentle morning sun in while avoiding glare. It also gives an incredible sunset view, and is a perfect skylight for stargazing.
Each dome gets 50% of its power through the installation integrated in it’s design, and the other 50% from the Solar Photovoltaic system on site. The power gets stored in batteries located at each lodge alongside the generation unit.

Sustainability Integration
• Social Aspect:
Educational glamping experience that allows tourists to come and explore the wildlife in the desert while learning about sustainable design.
• Economical Aspect:
Durable & feasible structure that is derived from the site and is easily maintained.
• Environmental Aspect:
Off – grid solution using passive design strategies.