Solar powered eco lodge in Abu Dhabi?

Time Out loves the look of these concept designs for an eco retreat in the UAE

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The UAE is no stranger to some rather spectacular building designs. The Aldar headquarters and Ferrari World in Abu Dhabi and Burj Khalifa and Burj Al Arab in Dubai among our favourites.

But all of those might be topped by the concept designs for a new luxury desert eco retreat located in Liwa. We’re not sure if the building is actually being built, or if it remains at the concept stage but the designs are some of the coolest we have seen for a UAE building and were supplied to Time Out by the Baharash Architecture firm.

Designed to be completely self-sufficient for energy it uses solar energy panels on the roof to generate and store clean electricity. Other features include smart glass windows to offer instant privacy at the flick of a switch and an indoor herb garden.

Designed to honour Bedouin traditions of Liwa in the South West of the UAE the sustainable eco-lodge also has a central fire place for Bedouin-style social bonding.

‘The 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’.
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