DUBAI DESIGN DISTRICT, UAE
“desert INK’s competition entry for this 400 m long creekside park was selected by a major Dubai developer, resulting in a commission to carry out full landscape, architecture and MEP design services for the project. This innovative park is designed to an exceptionally low budget, and is entirely recyclable due to the developer’s intention to develop the plot within the next 5 years. desert INK’s typically innovative approach saw the incorporation of huge concrete keystones into the park, creating climbing walls, artistic installations, retaining walls and exercise stations. Earmarked for landfill, the keystones were turned from an eyesore and site obstruction, into a prime defining asset by desert INK’s fresh thinking. The park also features desert INK’s design for a ‘warehouse’ structure which integrates small-scale commercial ‘incubator’ pods to promote home-grown food and beverage or retail offerings.”
Size: 25’000 SQ/M. Client: Confidential. Completion Date: Q1 2018.
“desert INK’s central park design forms the very heart of this new city district in Riyadh. The design celebrates the site’s existing wadi valleys while creating exciting attractions, facilities and spaces which serve to enhance the lives of the 200,000 inhabitants who will populate the new city district. Utilising site-found stone and many of the native plants already growing at the site, desert INK ensured that the landscape remains firmly rooted in the natural environment.”
Size: 618,223 SQ/M. Client: Confidential. Completion Date: Not yet known.
KHOR FAKKAN LAKE
KHOR FAKKAN, UAE
“An environmentally-sustainable park which embraces the site’s inherent beauty while ‘repairing’ disturbed areas with contemporary landscape interventions. Utilising local materials and vegetation, the park exploits the sites steeply-sloping contours to accommodate many outdoor activities, such as camping, hiking and children’s play.”
Size: 51’920 SQ/M. Client: Confidential. Completion Date: not yet known.