Riyadh to welcome King Abdullah International Gardens

The soon-to-be luscious gardens of Riyadh

by 11 March 2014

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is planning to host the world’s largest temperature controlled indoor garden, the ‘King Abdullah International Gardens’ (KAIG) designed and developed by Barton Willmore International.

The green project is set to commence October 2015 and is expected to be completed in three phases.

The beautiful gardens will feature nursery spaces located in and around two interlocking crescent forms, set on the outskirts of Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. The garden, which is built in partnership with engineers Buro Happold, will have a flora that mimics plant life from the Jurassic and Cretaceous periods and includes ‘the aviary’ - a free flight facility for various exotic species of birds; as well as a ‘physics garden’, designed within the parametres of Islamic geometry and a maze that does not mimic traditional hedge labyrinths.

The project will also include a natural history museum and offer recreational areas for visitors.

There will be a lot of attention on various sustainable techniques to ensure its power generation and water conservation have minimal environmental impact. The park will generate its power from on-site renewable technologies such as solar, wind and combined heat and power sources. Water conservation will be done thanks to massive underground reservoirs, which will store the water and involve minimal evaporation.

The idea of the project was to tell the story of a single piece of land through time. It might be a desert now, but there was a time when rivers flowed in this area and forests grew.



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