Wasit Natural Reserve, Wasit Natural Reserve Visitor Center, United Arab Emirates, natural reserve, bird habitat, bird watching, landscape architecture, visitor center, X Architects, rehabilitation

The rehabilitation process of the area, located in Sharjah, started in 2005 with the removal of approximately 40,000 square meters of rubbish. Around 35,000 trees were re-planted in order to heal the land from toxic chemicals and conserve the unique salt flats and costal sand dunes. After years of effort to bring non-migratory birds back to the site, WNR is now home to 350 species of birds.

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Wasit Natural Reserve, Wasit Natural Reserve Visitor Center, United Arab Emirates, natural reserve, bird habitat, bird watching, landscape architecture, visitor center, X Architects, rehabilitation

The visitor center acts as an educational facility and hub for bird watchers and researchers. The project uses the existing topography to minimize its impact on the natural surroundings, and a pathway leads visitors underground into a linear gallery with a fully transparent wall that allows them to become one with the birds’ natural habitat.

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Photos by Nelson Garrido