Hopkins Architects, a British design firm, created several prefabricated concrete pods to accommodate the Khor Kalba Turtle Wildlife Sanctuary in the UAE. The prefabricated concrete pods, which form the basis of the wildlife sanctuary, are set up in a series of low-profile interlocking groupings. The entire design, made up of a total of seven pods, emanates a soft, gentle esthetic with the recurrence of smooth curves and rounded ridges.
Inspired by woven baskets and patterned after local shells, the prefabricated concrete pods embody a natural design philosophy meant to be muted. The low buildings exemplify harmony and balance of humanity with nature, allowing the beauty of the surrounding mangroves and lagoon to shine through. The prefabricated concrete pods contain exhibition spaces, offices, washrooms, wildlife facilities, a classroom, a visitor center, a cafe, and a gift shop.
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Hopkins Architects Designed a Striking Wildlife Sanctuary
1. Prefabricated Architecture - Hopkins Architects utilized prefabricated concrete pods to design unique architecture for a wildlife sanctuary.
2. Natural Design Philosophy - The design philosophy of the pods was inspired by woven baskets and local shells, showcasing a natural aesthetic.
3. Harmony with Nature - The low-profile and rounded design of the pods exhibit a balance between humanity and nature.
1. Architecture/construction - The use of prefabricated components creates opportunities for more efficient and sustainable construction practices.
2. Wildlife Conservation/tourism - The design of the Khor Kalba Turtle Wildlife Sanctuary pods fosters a unique experience for visitors and encourages wildlife conservation efforts.
3. Retail/hospitality - The inclusion of retail and hospitality spaces in the wildlife sanctuary pods highlights opportunities for hospitality businesses and retail experiences in natural settings.