With Ramadan upon us, there is no better time to reflect and be thankful for the beauty of the Middle East. In this issue, we look at the latest projects and developments from Dubai to Singapore.
Award winning landscape architects, OOBE Ltd have been delivering inspirational and relevant landscapes and their latest school project is no different. The Sidra is an iconic symbol of Qatari heritage and culture and has grown in the deserts of Qatar for generations. Inspired by the nourishment of the Sidra Tree, OOBE have created a unique bio dome-the living, breathing heart of the building to represent the growth of knowledge.
Over on page 24, we take a look at The Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council building complex which is placed on different landscape levels to integrate it naturally into the environment. These levels and all of the entries to the building are optimised to highlight the beautiful views of the sea, the Hor Elbateen Island and the Sheikh Sultan Bin Zayed Mosque.
Continuing on with the nature theme on page 40, Park Royal on Pickering embodies Singapore’s vision of ‘City in a Garden’ and shows how greenery can be conserved in a dense urban area while being sustainable. Baharash Bagherian, designer and Managing Director of Baharash Architecture continues with the topic of sustainability on page 20 where he voices his thoughts on sustainable cities of the future. According to Bagherian for a city to be sustainable, it needs to encompass the three main pillars of sustainability: environmental, economic and social sustainability.
Check out page 36, Meydan Sobha which will see the development of 47 million square feet of prime freehold land in the heart of Dubai.With almost four decades of experience in designing and executing interiors of palaces, mosques and hotels across the Gulf, Meydan Sobha ideally fits the brief for this prominent freehold residential initiative within Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum City, whose portfolio spans luxury leisure and hospitality experiences.
We’ve also got expert opinion pieces from Jean-Claude Melone and much more inside.
Enjoy the issue!
• Plumeria or calotropis, Exotic or locally occurring?
• Sustainbale cities of the future
• Round design, Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council
• A living Jewel at the heart of learning
• Invisible Barn
• Sophisticated state of the art
• Parkroyal on pickering
• Tagus Linear Park
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