Can you make a park out of the desert? The studio was asked to re-conceive a major piece of public land in Abu Dhabi. Following the rapid pace of the city’s recent development there was a desire to provide a local park as a public space devoted to the well-being of the people of the city.
Continue reading Al Fayah Park | Abu Dhabi UAE | Heatherwick Studio
The concept for the design was to dedicate less space to villa and more space to landscaping. This project is located in the new development which called Sadra in Shiraz, Iran.
Continue reading Hasani Villa | Shiraz Iran | Seyed Mohammad Amin Hedayati
The URBAN JUNGLE is a distinctive proposal set along the entire outer edge of the Dubai Outer Road of the City, as an URBAN PARK as well as a GREEN BARRIER aiming to roll back the encroaching Arabian Desert from the southern side and to shield the city of Dubai from the constant threats of sand and dust storms, invading the city every now and then.
Continue reading STUDENT PROJECT | Urban Jungle | Saira Shafiq
Dubai has been chosen as the site of the 2020 World Expo. HOK led designer of the team that developed the master plan for the Expo, which is expected to draw more than 25 million visitors from October 2020 through April 2021. Dubai’s selection – themed “Connecting Minds, Creating the Future” – was announced Nov. 27 by representatives of the 167 Bureau of International Expositions (BIE) member nations. Selected over three cities in Brazil, Russia and Turkey, Dubai will become the first Middle Eastern city to host the event in its 160-year history.
Continue reading Masterplan for Dubai’s Expo 2020 bid led by HOK
Harbour Square lies at the heart of the Beirut downtown shopping streets. Like a harbour sheltering the boats from the waves, the new square provides a respite from the fervent activity of the surroundings.
Continue reading Harbour Square | Beirut Lebanon | Gustafson Porter
One of the five programmed “Attractor Parcels” of Henning Larsen Architect’s urban master plan, the KAFD Conference Center emerges as an iconic structure within the District’s southern terminus to its central public “Wadi” landscape. In collaboration with the Center’s architect – SOM, HM White has led its scientific team to design and implement this fusion of landscape and structure. The landscape design re-introduces native arid grasses and flora into a large scale public space setting. These indigenous plant communities spatially organize and blur the boundaries between the building’s undulating “exoskeleton” skin and its surrounding structural desert landscape. Arabian Peninsula meadow desert grasses and trees emerge as the connective tissue and establish an appropriately scaled expansive campus landscape.
Continue reading King Abdullah Financial District Conference Center | Riyadh Saudi Arabia | HM White
BDP has been commissioned for the relocation of a prestigious primary and secondary school in Jumeirah, Dubai. The relocation of Jumeirah College to Al Khail Road will provide additional facilities for 2,300 students. The new building has already started on site and will be a showcase school for the charitable organisation GEMS Education.
Continue reading Jumeirah College | Dubai UAE | BDP