AKT II with Cooking Sections for Sharjah Architecture Triennial 2019

Sharjah Architecture Triennial

We have been working alongside architects Cooking Sections to deliver a unique project for the Sharjah Architecture Triennial, a new, triennial architecture event curated by Adrian Lahoud.

The Sharjah Architecture Triennial is a new and major platform for both architecture and urbanism in the Middle East, North and East Africa and, South and Southeast Asia – it is the first of its kind and will run every three years.

Working with UK-based architects Cooking Sections, we have created a zero-water garden, which introduces indigenous plants into an extreme desert climate in Sharjah, UAE.

Whilst the Triennial runs until early February, our project will remain on-site for three years, to allow the team to study the growth of the plants. Through sensors, the teams involved will track the climate surrounding the plants, monitoring their growth in the extreme desert environment.

The concept behind this project was to truly reintroduce indigenous desert plants back into the urban fabric of the city. There’s even a specialist restaurant that has created a special menu featuring edible desert plants!

The Sheikh attended the opening of the Sharjah Architecture Triennial to see the exhibitions first-hand.

The project team will be monitoring the climate and the progress of the plants. You can follow it too by using the link below.

Monitor the Desert Garden here