International Architecture Competition

Mega Dunes Eco
Lodges - Abu Dhabi

Results

Foreword

Competition organisers

Mega Dunes Eco 
Lodges - Abu Dhabi

OFFICIAL PARTNERS

Mega Dunes Eco 
Lodges - Abu Dhabi

Abu Dhabi, located on the southeastern Arabian Peninsula along the Persian Gulf, has a hot climate and desert landscapes that are home to rich biodiversity. The native fauna includes a number of desert-dwelling species that can be found nowhere else on earth.

One such species is the Arabian Oryx, a medium-sized antelope with long, straight horns, a tufted tail and a distinct shoulder bump - the smallest member of the genus Oryx. The Arabian Oryx was considered extinct in the wild in the 1970s. Breeding programs in zoos and private reserves helped to increase the population of the species, and they were reintroduced into the wild from 1980. As of 2009, there are a number of Arabian Oryx living in Oman, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, and Jordan.

Despite a turnaround in the decline of the Arabian Oryx, the species is still listed as vulnerable. The Environment Agency - Abu Dhabi (EAD), an organization committed to maintaining a number of environmentally protected areas in the Emirates, has expressed interest in constructing approximately 25 sustainable “eco-lodges”, to garner stronger public interest in these amazing creatures by allowing visitors to view the animals up close.

This is the third Bee Breeders competition run in partnership with the EAD, following the Flamingo Observation Tower competition and the Abu Dhabi Flamingo Visitor Center challenge. The EAD will consider winning proposals for construction.

The jury sought creative, sustainable, and constructable proposals designed with sensitivity to this delicate natural environment. It is important that the visitor lodges be constructed with minimum impact to the protected site, while also providing an exciting and comfortable experience for visitors.

Bee Breeders would like to thank each of the participants for submitting their proposals.

1ST PRIZE WINNER

Project Name

Heritage Machine

Country

Italy

Project authors

Giuseppe Ricupero
Egidio Cutillo
Stefania Schirò
Enrico Capanni

jury commentary

Heritage Machine stands out with its unique conceptual approach of ephemeral placemaking that dissolves back into nature as ruins over time. The ideas of physical memory, and an original approach to sustainability and building life cycle is remarkable. Physically, the gradual transition from the exterior to the interior world through a series of thresholds, and the grand roof canopy of the common hub large enough to form its own microclimate, are low-tech but powerful architectural gestures that respond to local environmental constraints. The quality and nuances of the overall representation are commended.

2ND PRIZE WINNER

Project Name

The Rub' al Khali OCULUS

Company

Aidia studio

Country

Mexico

Project authors

Natalia Wrzask
Rolando Rodriguez - Leal

jury commentary

The range of possibilities offered by the reconfigurable shading structure is well-considered. The circular form offers a 360-degree panoramic mini-universe for users with the ability to reconfigure privacy, views, and shading to changing needs. The aggregation of units to form a common hub is consistent with the project's overall "constellation" concept. The desert cactus-like form feels appropriate to the context without becoming overly mimetic. The glazing extents and the double-curved glazing panel geometry appears excessive, adding solid thermal mass - optimizing the amount of glass in the inner shell should be considered, to increase thermal performance and decrease costs. 

3RD PRIZE WINNER

Project Name

Desert Lens

Company

Snono studio

Country

Lebanon

Project authors

Ahmad Nouraldeen
Luca Fraccalvieri
Jana Semaan
Lama Barhoumi

jury commentary

Desert Lens achieves a high level of flexibility via a reconfigurable tensile structure superimposed on a fixed bamboo shell. The ability of the tensile structure to provide privacy, shelter from elements, and shaded areas in a simple, low-cost, analog manner is effective. The rendering depicting the user interacting with the tensile structure in the windy, sublime context is a poetic depiction of man not alienated from - but part of - the dune ecosystem.

BB STUDENT AWARD+
BB GREEN AWARD

Project Name

Local.Smart.Simple. - Abu Dhabi Megadunes Ecolodges

University

Rwth aachen university

Country

Germany

Project authors

Thomas Berger
Lukas Vermeulen
CLIENTS FAVORITE

Project Name

DESERT CROWN

Country

United States

Project authors

Lily-Love Toppar

Honorable mentions

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Project Name

Lodges by the Dunes

Country

Australia

Project authors

Thomas Harrington
Irwin Ho

Project Name

Dessert Flower Eco-Lodges

Country

Mexico

Project authors

Uri Lewis
Yasha Lewis

Project Name

Sand|Form Array

Country

United States

Project authors

Jose Lopez
Alejandro de Jesus Mendoza

Project Name

Nomadic Lodge

University

Lawrence technological university

Country

United States

Project authors

Brandon Haarer
Fiorela Lesaj
Adam Dean
Solomon Reynolds

Project Name

The Memory of the wind

University

Kaywon university of art and design

Country

Korea

Project authors

Jingyeong Park
Yejin Kim

Project Name

SAND DROPS

University

Universidad de zaragoza

Country

Spain

Project authors

Natalia Lajusticia Josa
Beatriz Matínez becana
Laura Aguilar rodríguez
Sergio Perdiguer

Shortlisted projects

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Korea

Kaywon university of art and design

jingyeong park
yejin kim

Italy

erpinio labrozzi
lucia croci candiani
martina ciceri

United Arab Emirates

Five-nine design & innovation

abdullah ibrahim

United States

Tera ponce

tera ponce
weng ian ng
valeska karissa tirtaguna

United States

Apollo design studio

paul schlachter
matej dlabal
christelle coetzee

Germany

Rwth aachen university

thomas berger
lukas vermeulen

Mexico

Aidia studio

natalia wrzask
rolando rodriguez - leal

Germany

Deeb studio

farbod yamani
saman macvand

Germany

Frankfurt university of applied sciences

sandro siefert
patrick heine

Italy

giuseppe ricupero
egidio cutillo
stefania schirò
enrico capanni

Germany

Rwth aachen university

isabelle grahlke
jil schneider
seher ulusoy

Spain

Universidad de zaragoza

natalia lajusticia josa
beatriz matínez becana
laura aguilar rodríguez
sergio perdiguer

Bulgaria

Soba studio

kiril georgiev
detelina bakalova

Lebanon

Snono studio

ahmad nouraldeen
luca fraccalvieri
jana semaan
lama barhoumi

Poland

Politechnika krakowska im. tadeusza kościuszki

marta mojsik
klaudia niedziałek
beata murdzia

Korea

su yeon yu
subin yang
sang seok lee
yeonginn moon

Poland

jakub kulisa
piotr pańczyk
magda palczowska

Australia

Townsville

david (dragi) stefanovic

Argentina

santiago gilardi
leon zorraquin

United States

Lawrence technological university

brandon haarer
fiorela lesaj
adam dean
solomon reynolds

Germany

federico giacomarra
alessandro angelelli
lubomir iliev

Sweden

fatemeh bahari
tara fartash-naini

Czech Republic

petr preininger
kristýna smržová
michael gabriel

Egypt

Character design architects

ayman emaira
alia amer
basel aboubakr
rana khaled

United States

jose lopez
alejandro de jesus mendoza

Argentina

patricia fondello
camila carvajal
isidro roch

Iran

notash dadjoo
navid ahmadi
anahita barari
samira karimi

Belgium

Kask school of arts hogent

mette claerman
 

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