So this is the coolest public park ever! British designer Thomas Heatherwick (the designer behind Teesside Power Station and those super cool new London double deckers) has designed a park out of a desert.
Located in Abu Dhabi, the site will occupy 125,000 square-metres and will ‘provide play areas, picnic areas, vegetable gardens and cafes, interspersed with a variety of plants and flowers native to the Gulf’. Heatherwisk says of the project: ‘The project 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 and mature trees, forming a series of interconnected public recreational spaces.’
Such a cool concept!