With an expected rate of 80% ex-patriot occupancy at Al Ghadeer there is a need to educate the population to the rich cultural history of the region and at the same time provide the modern appointments that are expected. Historic patterns and textures will be used in both common and uncommon ways as a consistent thread to stitch the urban context together reinforced with consistent landscaping and urban design features. Contemporary tensile fabric structures will be featured in prominent public spaces to provide shade and gathering places as a constant reminder of the regions culture. The civic open space at the District Center crosses over the Central beltway with an iconic bridge leading to Lake Center Park and eventually back into the neighborhoods via the regional pedestrian parkways.
Through the layering of these numerous concepts, Al Ghadeer will be a wonderfully rich and dynamic district that appeals to its occupants intellectual, physical, social and spiritual needs while promoting an easy, healthy and sustainable way of living.
Work performed by Mark Raeburn while at RNL Design.