Abu Makhrouq Park

The proposal offers a two part strategy which takes advantage of Riyadh's history to explore a new direction for a public park. Rather than restoring the terraces to a green condition, we argue that what made Abu Makhrouq interesting was that it was an urban mountain, and that it offered an idea of leisure and rest that did not require greenery, simply the quiet and beauty that a mountain in the desert offers. The proposal maintains the outcrop’s unique presence as a public park that is a topographic feature.

The remainder of the site is turned into a contemporary reimagining of a farm, retaining the subdivisions and planting that would have been present at the beginning of the 20th century but taking on a new form. Rather than a European park, this strategy of mixing shading, produce, and reducing decorative planting poses a sustainable vision for how to preserve the historic idea of leisure in the Arabian Peninsula, and offer a new vision for public parks in the 21st century Arabic city.

DESIGN:
CIVIL ARCHITECTURE - HAMED BUKHAMSEEN & ALI ISMAIL KARIMI

PROJECT TEAM:
FATIMA NICKAHDAR, DALAL ADEL SARHAN, KAWTHAR MARAFI

COMMISSION:
RIYADH MUNICIPALITY COMPETITION – RIYADH, KSA

YEAR:
2020

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