Wildlife Refuge, Shabeha, KSA

The Sheiba desert is a wildlife refuge for native animals. I was in charge of conceptualizing a civic center whereby patrons could visit and observe the animals from a safe close distance without disturbing them.
The concept originated from the “fort”, where the “massive” & rounded walls allowed sand to migrate without obstructing the entrances, or the views.
The main idea addressed the structure as stand-alone. Powered by solar PV panels on the roofs for all of its required electricity needs year round.
The greywater re-cycling system was used to irrigate the native plants. The adobe materials on the exterior walls, acted like a thermal mass, where the heat is reflected. Any heat that is trapped during the day within the Wythe of the wall radiates to the interior during the cold desert nights.


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