Al Dhaid Heritage Park
Al Dhaid Heritage Park is a historically significant site, with the presence of a restored archeological fort and other existing buildings of historical value all set within a dense oasis.
X-Architects has been challenged to design a visitor center on such a sensitive site, without causing disturbance to the historically valuable context. To leave a minimal visual impact on the historical surroundings and at the same time highlight the newly restored watch tower, the visitor pavilion is sunken and covered with a stage-like camouflage skin made using sundried-mudbricks from the existing site sand. Visitors get immersed into an underground hidden oasis, that showcases the richness of indigenous oasis flora, with a water pond and network of water channels designed to resemble a Falaj: the traditional water irrigation system. A mirage effect is created by using hammered reflective stainless-steel on the underside of the oasis roof.
Ahmed Al-Ali, Farid Esmaeil, Jacky Tang, Yazeed Obeid, Nissa Zeinaty, Sebastiano Baldan, Muhammad Jalil Khan, Farah Abou Hamza, Zeina Derawan, Maya Suthar, Abdullah Bashir