Bus depot in Sharjah

Executive project
Client: Sharjah Transport
Area: 33.890m²

The architectural proposal is presented as a symbol of the new Sharjah: beyond the direct architectural mimesis, the formal language that has been used meets reminiscences of the spirit of the ancient Arabic culture constructions. The location in front of the mosque, suggests the creation of a building that has to be respectful with the meaning of its surroundings. A roof with soft waves, like a dune that spreads out into the desert, executed with shapes and materials that remind the traditional silversmiths’ crafts or the old lattices, that confers to the space a rich contrast of lights and shadows. The waiting area will be placed under this huge roof and it will integrate within its geometry the building that serves the travellers and comprises the access to the basement level. The new terminal will give service to the Sharjah Emirate, and it will integrate the urban bus system, intercity as well as the international connections. The proposal is developed in two levels: the urban bus station, travellers’ services and terminal offices are located at the ground level, whereas the basement level is focused on the intercity and international networks.The terminal is located in a strategic spot with an immediate link to the city center and with two main circulation infrastructures that connect with the other Emirates through the shore line highway and the yet-to-come Sharjah’s ring road.