Al Fayah Park, Abu Dhabi

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Launched at Cityscape Abu Dhabi 2014, the 125,000 sqm Al Fayah Park will be a beautiful place for the community to come together, for children to learn about environmental sciences, as well as a place for holding festivals.

GHD provided soft landscape and irrigation design consultancy work for the project which was developed collaboratively with Heatherwick Studio.

Al Fayah Park’s design evolved as a series of cracked pieces of the desert surface raised on columns to form a gentle dome across the site. These elevated pieces create a perforated canopy of partial shade under which a lush garden can grow, protected from the harsh excesses of the hot desert sun.

This sunken oasis becomes a landscape of plants, mature trees and a cluster of public recreational spaces. By creating partial shade for the planting, the canopy aims to reduce the amount of water lost to evaporation, improving the park’s energy efficiency and sustainability.

The elevated plates create a 20 m high shaded garden for families to gather and picnic in the day time. In the cooler evening hours, the elevated plates become a network of social and meeting places in the cooler evening hours.