After a long, quiet and reflective month, the team at Landscape ME are looking back at the achievements of both Middle Eastern businesses and international companies. We are also looking forward to future projects and the positive impact and development that each of them bring.
First up we take a look at Luca Curci architects studio who designed a new landmark for the United Arab Emirates skyline-an innovative project based on the concept of “Organic Cities.”The aim is to create a common place where people can live, meet, learn, work and socialise.
Continuing this theme of bringing people together is a residential project on Cha-Am beach, Petchaburi, Thailand-Baan San Kraam by Sanitas Studio. The challenge for Sanitas was to provide a landscape design allowing all residents to feel close to the beach as only 10 per cent of its extensive area was near the sea. Rising to the challenge, the firm created seven clusters of buildings each with their own unique seascape character.
From one beach to The Beach, one of the most recent and exciting developments to be unveiled in Dubai, located between Jumeirah Beach Residence (JBR) and the public beach. We take a look at how Cracknell designed this entertainment, leisure and retail development on page 18.
From past achievements to future projects, the International Centre for Biosaline Agriculture has created an educational landscape at its headquarters in Al-Ruwayyah. The landscape philosophy is to create an educational and cultural entity which is completely unique. Turn to page 30 for more.
Congratulations are in order for BET architects in collaboration with Ethiopia Söhne & Partner who have won the international design competition for Ethiopian Airlines New Headquarters in Addis Ababa.
We profile Floors and Decks, a wooden flooring business catering offering a wide variety of products from Europe and Japan for the MENA Region. On the European scene, we go behind a new urban quarter-Funenpark-a project just east of Amsterdam’s inner city which features sixteen residential blocks.
Turn to page 12, to discover how TigerTurf, the UK's leading manufacturer of synthetic grass is developing its business model.
• The Public Beach, Jumeirah Beach Residence
• Organic Cities
• The ICBA Educational Landscape Design Philosophy
• Cha-am Beach, Thailand
• Ethiopian Airlines Headquarter
• Funenpark - A monument for the future
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