Baharash Architecture creates eco-friendly desert retreat

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Solar power and smart technology combine together in an environmentally friendly desert retreat which is the latest creation of Baharash Architecture.

Located in Liwa, Abu Dhabi it is designed to be “in harmony with the pristine and untouched desert-scape” say the design team.

The retreat is completely energy self-sufficient, using solar panels as it generates and stores clean power in battery units.

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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 interaction which was a key part of the Bedouin heritage.

The design team said staying inside the eco-retreat, in the heart of the desert, is a “rejuvenating experience”. The retreat aims toll provide “genuine exclusivity and tranquillity” in an area which has remained unspoiled for centuries and is home to a thriving wildlife such as onyxes, gazelles and camels.

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

“We are seeing a new generation of Emiratis who are looking to lead a more sustainable life style, in line with 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.”

The studio said its aim was to create places which encourage people to lead a better life. Among its other projects are a master plan for a sustainable development in Dubai and wind turbine designs.

Bagherian said: “In my work, each project is driven by a process of investigation and experimentation. The outcomes of these studies form the basis of the design. I strive to develop innovative and creative solutions that make a positive contribution to our current and future generations. I have worked on projects in various scales, from urban scale; such as master plans, landscape design and buildings, to the smaller scale; such as interiors, furniture and products.

“In my work, each project is driven by a process of investigation and experimentation. The outcomes of these studies form the basis of the design. I strive to develop innovative and creative solutions that make a positive contribution to our current and

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2 Responses to Baharash Architecture creates eco-friendly desert retreat

  1. Thomas D. Bohlen says:

    I appreciate the design intent of this Liwa desert project, but am having difficulty rationalizing the elongated star shaped form, which results in having a much greater area of wall exposure than other possible forms to the harsh elements, which will tax the cooling system to be run by the solar panels. The positioning of the solar panels in a flat orientation for the Liwa lattitude is also not ideal for the most efficient yearly gains in renewable energy.

    Also the indoor environment would seem to be rather limited to the radiating shotgun arrangement of spaces, and the views to the beautiful surroundings limited to the narrow scope by the star arm end glazing panels.

  2. Julia Miller says:

    Fully agree with the comments of Mr.Thomas.
    Cant see the “environmental aspect” of this architectural free shape.

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