Taking inspiration from its Arabian desert surroundings, a new public park design has been unveiled by British designer Thomas Heatherwick in Abu Dhabi.
Planning to create the park beneath a roof canopy -- to create shade from the hot, dry weather and sun -- that looks like the cracks you would find in the desert, this 125,000 square-meter Al Fayah Park will be the first park of its magnitude and architectural prowess in the region.
The new public park design will have space for a plethora of activities and features like play areas, picnic areas, vegetable gardens, cafes, a public library, a mosque, an outdoor cinema, as well as an indoor one and outdoor performance spaces.
"This sunken oasis becomes a landscape of plants, mature trees and a cluster of public recreational spaces. The 20-metre-high shaded garden is conceived as a place for families to gather and picnic, as well as a place for learning and festivals," says Heatherwick.