Marine Life Lab

Ras Al Khaimah, UAE / 2020

The Gulf is considered as one of the most polluted water bodies in the world. The dumping of construction wastes, off-shore developments, salt from desalination plants and oil from trading ships are damaging the marine ecosystem. 

Marine Life Lab is a scientific and educational initiation developed by a passionate Emirati marine scientist who believes in healing the damaged ecosystem and reversing the damaging process. MLL is designed as an active platform to foster cultural and ecological intervention, to create stable environmental systems and to balance the negative effect of the infrastructure system. Moreover, this institution raises awareness on the environmental risks of current practices, enhancing the regional capacity for a designed coastal system, and building a structure for the vital and shared marine system.

MLL includes a scientific lab, experimental fish farming facility, and accommodations for visiting scientists. This institution also serves as an educational facility in which a ring of floating walkways allows the public to interact with different components of the project. Visitors can enjoy an outdoor cinema, lecture rooms, a seafood restaurant, and a fish farm diving facility.

This scientific institution is made up of recycled materials which floats above the water with minimal anchors to help minimize its carbon foot print. MLL depends solely on natural resources to generate energy that can be used and stored.  There are also other sustainable processes that take place in Marine Life Lab which include harvesting wind, fresh water treatments, and solar panels.

 

design team

Ahmed Al-Ali, Farid Esmaeil, Jacky Tang, Yazeed Obeid, Khaled Abu Shahla, Arvin Padayo, Dan Brian

  • client

    Confidential

  • program

    Educational & Mixed Use

  • built up area

    3,000 sqm

  • scope‎

    Architecture

  • status

    Proposal

Marine Life Lab

Ras Al Khaimah, UAE / 2020

The Gulf is considered as one of the most polluted water bodies in the world. The dumping of construction wastes, off-shore developments, salt from desalination plants and oil from trading ships are damaging the marine ecosystem. 

Marine Life Lab is a scientific and educational initiation developed by a passionate Emirati marine scientist who believes in healing the damaged ecosystem and reversing the damaging process. MLL is designed as an active platform to foster cultural and ecological intervention, to create stable environmental systems and to balance the negative effect of the infrastructure system. Moreover, this institution raises awareness on the environmental risks of current practices, enhancing the regional capacity for a designed coastal system, and building a structure for the vital and shared marine system.

MLL includes a scientific lab, experimental fish farming facility, and accommodations for visiting scientists. This institution also serves as an educational facility in which a ring of floating walkways allows the public to interact with different components of the project. Visitors can enjoy an outdoor cinema, lecture rooms, a seafood restaurant, and a fish farm diving facility.

This scientific institution is made up of recycled materials which floats above the water with minimal anchors to help minimize its carbon foot print. MLL depends solely on natural resources to generate energy that can be used and stored.  There are also other sustainable processes that take place in Marine Life Lab which include harvesting wind, fresh water treatments, and solar panels.

 

design team

Ahmed Al-Ali, Farid Esmaeil, Jacky Tang, Yazeed Obeid, Khaled Abu Shahla, Arvin Padayo, Dan Brian

  • client

    Confidential

  • program

    Educational & Mixed Use

  • built up area

    3,000 sqm

  • scope‎

    Architecture

  • status

    Proposal