Aridian Oasis

FINALIST of Cyclist House


Cyclist House


Aridian Oasis: An Oasis – Habitat for cyclists amidst an arid environment


Name: Ahmad Ali Bakhtiari

Instagram: @ahmadalizb

Nationality: Persian/Canadian

Institution / Company: Canadian University Dubai.

Name: Giller Gandia

Instagram: @glierl

Nationality: Filipino/Philippines

Institution / Company: Canadian University Dubai.

Name: Hariharan Mathialagan

Instagram: @hariicaane

Nationality: Indian/India

Institution / Company: Canadian University Dubai.

Nestled among the awe-inspiring arid desert mountains, Desert Peaks, embodies an urban cycling and sustainable residential community, overlooking a distant cityscape mirage. The sand-barren plane reveals an oasis—a captivating blend of eco-conscious design, Arabian architectural magnificence, and a spirited demographic.

At the heart of this enclave are the Visiting Centre’s, adorned with skylights that elegantly harness natural daylight, showcasing the project’s unwavering dedication to sustainability and harmonious design. Their structural forms gracefully mimic naturally occurring sand ripples, complemented by stepped elevations effortlessly emulating natural sand dune contours. Among them, intricately woven cycling paths cascade through undulating desert terrain, embraced by slitted-shading systems merging traditional mashrabiya design with vernacular lattice slits. Beyond the open public space, repurposed shipping containers transformed into ergonomic homes boast rooftop solar panels, ensuring comfort through privacy and sustainable energy.

Embracing a close-knit, eco-conscious community ethos, thematic installations become interactive havens within open spaces, offering a myriad of amenities. These artistic depictions skilfully capture the mechanical essence of a bicycle in abstract forms, echoing the beautiful synergy found within gear intricacies. This symbolic portrayal seamlessly unites modernity with nature, illustrating the synchronized motion of bicycle gears, where human interactions mirror harmonious dance of gears in motion.

Jury Comments

  • Patrick Meijers | Orange Architects

Nice image but not clear what is tried to accomplish here.


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