International firm nabito architects has elevated the ‘dunes’ to create a ‘living landscape’ where sport and culture thrive in dubai. this center incorporates a tennis academy and several full-size stadia for basketball, soccer, swimming, and volleyball. at the heart of the desert, a respite from the sun and heat is essential. by raising these facilities off the ground, a large shaded plaza becomes a place for the mizhar community to shop and relax. with a cricket pitch at one end, and an aquarium, an aviary, and a tropical garden penetrating through the building, the supporting commercial, exhibition and cultural programs are disbursed amongst the four floors above the athletics level. at the roof, a cactus garden re-establishes the desert context, and creates another zone for recreation. populated with sporting facilities, retail stores, eateries, and education space, this complex is a hub of activity in dubai.