The brief for this exciting project was to provide a 53 – key boutique resort in the AI Muraijah Area of the Heart of Sharjah heritage project, incorporating existing buildings, which used to be family homes, and providing new buildings. All new buildings were to be designed in accordance with the urban character of the historic fabric of the area to take cognisance of the proposed Heart of Sharjah masterplan 2025.
We were tasked with the redevelopment of five existing historical buildings, Bait Ibrahim Al Midfa, Bait Eissa Al Midfa, Bait Al Tawawish, Abdullah Mahmood House and the Ibrahim Al Midfa Majlis, as well as creating three new village blocks into a boutique resort. We were instructed to respect the heritage area and buildings and maintain the traditional urban fabric of the old Sharjah city.
The primary aim of the development from an urban design point of view was to re-create the intimacy and character of a historic village, with narrow streets, open courtyards and secluded entrance ways and weave these into the guest experience.