Situated on one of the most sensitive and biodiverse nature reserves in the Gulf, the Khor Kalba Sanctuary comprises of a cluster of rounded building forms that creates a sanctuary for rehabilitating turtles and nurturing endangered birds, connecting with local initiatives and expertise.
Seven interconnected pods create a visitor centre, with a terrace and panoramic views towards the mangrove forests and distant mountains. A nature trail encourages visitors to explore the reserve’s rich biodiversity of indigenous mangrove forests and mud flats and the species it supports including turtles, stingrays, gazelles and the rare Arabian Collard Kingfisher.
This project has been longlisted in the cultural building category of Dezeen Awards 2021.
Architect: Hopkins Architects
Project: Khor Kalba Turtle and Wildlife Sanctuary