UK firm to design desert eco-retreat in UAE

Baharash Architecture, the award-winning design studio based in London has won the contract to design a solar-powered luxury desert eco-retreat in the Liwa region of the UAE.

The facility has been designed to be in harmony with the pristine and untouched desert-scape. It is completely energy self-sufficient; using solar panels, it will generate and store clean power in several battery units.

Its other features include smart glass windows to offer instant privacy at the flick of a switch, an indoor herb garden, and a central fireplace for social bonding which was a key part of the Bedouin heritage, said the London architect.

The eco-retreat is being built for one of Dubai’s highest profile individuals, the company said in a statement without revealing the identity.

According to Baharash Architecture, a stay at this facility – set up in the heart of a beautiful desert – will be a rejuvenating experience.

The retreat will provide genuine exclusivity and tranquillity in an area which has remained unspoiled for centuries, and is home to a thriving wildlife such as oryxes, gazelles and camels, said its top official.

“The UAE has some of the most beautiful natural landscapes in the region, such as Liwa, which is a perfect destination for eco retreats,” remarked Baharash Bagherian, the designer and founder of Baharash Architecture.

“We are seeing a new generation of Emiratis who are looking to lead a more sustainable lifestyle, in line with the UAE’s vision to become one of the most sustainable countries in the world. Thus eco-retreats are a great sustainable alternative to the usual jet-setting trips,”

Source:  Trade Arabia