Zaha Hadid Architects to Design Central Hub in Sharjah

The elliptical buildings of the Central Hub will direct winds to impact civic spaces. Image courtesy Zaha Hadid Architects.

Zaha Hadid Architects (ZHA) has been named the winner of the international competition to design an expansive cultural hub at the heart of Sharjah in the United Arab Emirates. The 43-acre development known as the Central Hub will anchor the 24 million-square-foot, mixed-use Aljada project, which is plotted to provide residences for 70,000 people. Construction is slated to kick off next year and conclude by 2025.

The 1.9 million-square-foot design draws influence from the forms of water droplets as they strike the earth. A network of elliptical buildings positioned around a central tower, whose form narrows further as it meets the ground. Each fluid, ovular structure will be crafted to direct winds toward the Central Hub’s civic areas to reduce the need for artificial cooling during summer months. The plan will use treated wastewater for irrigation to accommodate gardens of native flora.