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WELCOME TO THE 
ABU DHABI FLAMINGO VISITOR CENTER

The wind brushes across the landscape, shifting sand and rustling grass. The gentle grazing of foliage against the building above provides a calming background to the calls of marsh terns and flamingos echoing in the distance. Streaks of light cast by the architecture dance amongst the reeds as a spiny-tailed lizard darts between the plants in front of you.

For a fleeting moment, the structure that frames your view fades away into the environment, leaving only the expanse of wetland between you and infinity- the trance only broken when your coffee arrives at the table.

Floating, prefabricated, wood frames clad with sand-toned terracotta baguettes provide a dynamic and harmonious experience with the Al Wathba Wetland Reserve. Delicate and respectful construction allows the natural environment to reclaim portions of the site previously taken by human intervention, providing a hands-on and integrative encounter between the visitor and the landscape.