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Arada Development has opened a new architectural structure, Al Janah Pavilion, located in the Madar district of the Aljada master plan, Sharjah, UAE.

The pavilion design features a contemplative gathering space and provides visitors with an iconic focal point.

Arada said that the pavilion has been dedicated to the memory of Sharjah Urban Planning Council chairman late Sheikh Khalid bin Sultan Al Qasimi.

Arada chairman Sheikh Sultan bin Ahmed Al Qasimi said: “The beautiful structure of Al Janah Pavilion is an example of what can be achieved when youth and creativity are inspired by the rich heritage and traditions of those who came before us.

“These same values also inspired Sheikh Khalid, who revered our past but also was open to progress and new ways of thinking. It is our hope that the space will be used as a place of inspiration and reflection that will protect and carry Sheikh Khalid’s legacy for future generations.”

The pavilion also features inscriptions on stone benches placed beneath the canopy. These inscriptions reflect Sheikh Khalid’s accomplishments and beliefs.

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During the 2018-2019 academic year, the Al Janah Pavilion was designed and developed by students from the College of Architecture, Art and Design (CAAD) at the American University of Sharjah (AUS).

Led by associate professor Jason Carlow, these students were enrolled in a design studio course, which was a collaboration between Arada and the university.

The pavilion has been designed as a modern interpretation of the Islamic architecture, the Muqarnas, which were traditionally featured on the underside of domes.

This creates a three-dimensional, decorative transition between the ceiling and the supporting walls.

Arada said in a statement: “The pavilion’s contemporary interpretation of this feature has transformed the Muqarnas surface into a complex shading canopy that casts playful shadows as the sun moves across the sky.”