125,000m2 futuristic park unveiled for Abu Dhabi
The Salma Bint Hamdan Foundation has unveiled the layout for the 125,000m2 futuristic park that will be built in Abu Dhabi on Tuesday at Cityscape, currently held at the Abu Dhabi Exhibition Centre (ADNEC).
Al Fayah Park is designed by London-based Thomas Heatherwick, whose studio is behind renowned projects such as the Olympic Cauldron for the London 2012 Olympic Games.
Communications manager at the Foundation, Iman Khouri said the park will attract residents and international visitors with its design, and will put Abu Dhabi on the map as for cities with innovative public spaces.
The park will feature play areas for children, exercise paths and an organic fruit and vegetable garden that will supply fresh goods to local cafes and restaurants.
It will also include a public library, picnic area, mosque, outdoor cinema and arenas to host live performances and events.
All this will be covered by a 20m high sand-coloured canopy that appears as cracked desert land from above. It will also provide partial shade to the plants below.
Located on Sheikh Rashid Bin Saeed Al Maktoum Street, construction for the project will commence by early 2015 and is expected to be completed by 2017.
You can also read DesignMENA’s interview with Heatherwick at Cityscape.