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Baharash Architecture has been tasked by Dubai-based eco resort group to design their flagship eco resort in Liwa, the southern region of UAE. At the very early stages of the project, it was revealed that groundwater could be extracted using a deep well. This gave the design team an opportunity to create a story around a spring, which was of critical importance to bedouins for trade and transportation routes. The spring will be used for crop irrigation, fish farming, and recreational activities, as well as providing a natural habitat for various wildlife.
The accommodations and functional areas are distributed around the spring, which will be the heart of the resort. In total, there are 84 interconnecting suites of various types, all of which provide amazing views and an outdoor terrace. Relaxing sights can be enjoyed from all key spaces, including the fitness centre which is furnished with smart equipment.
The reception and back of house are located adjacent to drop-off. A restaurant and bar, provide guests with organic ingredients grown on site. Equipped with a business and research facility with state of the art technologies the program provides everything their guests might need. The resort also has health and therapeutic spa facilities, which use organic ingredients. The therapeutic spa will supply a wide selection of wellness and beauty therapies. All spaces are equipped with smart glass windows, which offer instant privacy at a flick of a switch.
Some of the environmental benefits include recycling wastewater on site for irrigation, on-site waste management, the enforcement of a zero-emission zone and 157,000 square feet of solar panels. The ribbon-like roof is designed to maximise the area for solar panels, which are planned for optimum efficiency. The resort will also employ wildlife biologists and conservation staff.
Ultimately, the ‘Oasis Eco Resort’ will provide more than environmental benefits, such as economic and socio-cultural benefits. The eco resort will create job opportunities for locals, creating a more diversified economy. It will also help preserve the regions heritage and provide greater interaction with native people.