Gallery: Al Faya Lodge at Mleiha archaeological site in Sharjah
The project is the latest addition to the Sharjah Collection - a group of boutique hotels and desert retreats located in key locations across the emirate, spearheaded by Sharjah Investment and Development Authority (Shurooq).
Al Faya Lodge comprises five bedrooms, a reception lounge, dining area, library and roof terrace. The lodge, spa and restaurant buildings are separated by a through-road, creating a sense of urbanism within the project. Al Faya Lodge by Dubai and London-based studio Anarchitect, located at the foot of Mount Alvaah in the emirate of Sharjah. The lodge consists of the restoration of two single-story buildings from the 1960s that were originally a clinic and grocery store, which are now the restaurant and main lodge. The project also required the addition of a new building which houses a saltwater spa. The project is also defined by its close proximity to the UAE’s first petroleum pump, which has been preserved within the arrival sequence of the lodge, welcoming visitors. The raw, rusted condition of the heritage pieces is reflected in the Corten steel, which is used across the project as an architectural intervention. Adjacent to the lodge is the spa and pool area, defined by its dense cast-in-situ concrete form, use of Corten steel and perforated butterfly doors.