The Sheikh Zayed Desert Learning Centre
Designed by CAP Chalabi Architekten & Partner, the (SZDLC) is the first building in the United Arab Emirates to earn an Estidama rating of five pearls as well as LEED Platinum certification.
With 1,000,000 visitors per year, the Center incorporates interpretive media, stylized sculptures, specimen collections and a large-scale theatre resulting in an educational landmark for sustainability that allows visitors to experience and build relationships with their surroundings.
The SZDLC has energy efficient, full cut-off lighting that protects the night sky, minimizes light trespass and uses only 48% of the allowable power output.
Overall water demand has been reduced by 59% with the incorporation of native plantings, drip irrigation, rain sensors and the non-irrigation of natural habitats.
In addition to construction jobs created and the use of locally sourced materials, the 137% increase in tourism and creation of nearly 500 permanent jobs at the Al Ain Zoo provide positive economic benefits.
Incorporation of high-albedo materials and shading strategies reduces the heat island effect by 99%.
While conducting valuable research to ensure their future survival, threatened and endangered species are being preserved within a natural context.
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- Taken with NIKON CORPORATION NIKON D800
- Focal Length 160 mm
- Exposure Time 1/640
- f Aperture f/2.8
- ISO Speed 100
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