Majid Al Futtaim

Design Architect

Callison RTKL


Khatib Alami

Main Contractor




Scope of Work

Free form structural canopy works with aluminium infills, Wooden finish pergolas


Mild Steel, Aluminum


Sharjah, UAE

Zahia City Centre

Project Summary

The key feature of the main entrance to the mall is the 140 meter long and 46 meter wide free-form canopy which provides sufficient shading to the drop off area. Grankraft was consulted by the design team during value engineering to carry out design optimisation of the canopy structure. Through finite element analysis, the design of the tree shaped columns which support the 1,200-ton roof was optimised by Grankraft to achieve a weight saving of 30%. Whilst the geometry of the individual components of the roof are standardised box sections of 600x200x12 size the design of the columns consists of circular profiles with varying radii to emphasise the design concept of tree branches.

Our systematic design approach and use of the latest 3D software, including various BIM packages, has improved construction time, and also guaranteed to achieve the high precision required due the structures interface with the main building.

The metal canopy was produced at Grankraft’s facilities following a high-quality control process. The different elements were fabricated to the suitable sizes based on the limitations of the transport and then welded on site. The perforated aluminium panels of the canopy were also manufactured in our facilities and were then mechanically fixed to the tubular mild steel frames.