Finally the dust has settled and we can brush off the garden furniture, enjoy ours wonderful parks which are quickly filling up with families gathered for picnics and kids running around enjoying the freedom of the outdoors. With only six months of the year to really indulge in the outdoors in this region, it’s vital that we make the most of it when we can. In our November issue, we looks at some of the most innovative and beautiful parks, including the award-winning Wahat Al Karama designed by British artist Idris Khan, the UAE’s first memorial park located in Abu Dhabi. In Silicon Valley, designers have created the most elevated green space in the region with The High Garden, a two-acre green oasis perched high above a building structure. The High Garden is designed to transform what would ordinarily be an underutilized parking deck with 250 parking spaces into a green sanctuary.
Back in the UAE, we feature Ladybird Early Learning Centre in Dubai, which was designed to inspire young minds through the creative use of space with a focus on thoughtful internal and external spatial sequences. The learning space not only has an external courtyard which overlooks the classroom, it also has internal gardens with bi-fold doors that allows seamless integration between indoors and outdoors during the cooler climes when the doors are opened so children can easily transition between the two.
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