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SLAArchitects 2021-12-23
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    Philip Handforth



Bird view of AI Fay park  © SLA/Philip Handforth 

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A new kind of urban nature park has seen the light of day in Abu Dhabi. Gone are the water-consuming and soulless ‘Las Vegas landscapes’ of the past. Enter Al Fay Park – a new 27,500 m2 public park in downtown Abu Dhabi that signals a new kind of Middle Eastern city development: Driven by inclusive nature rather than iconic buildings.


The new public park in downtown Abu Dhabi  © SLA/Philip Handforth

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Al Fay Park is designed by Danish nature-based design studio SLA for the client Abu Dhabi Department of Municipalities and Transport and is a game-changer in how to design and implement city nature in the dense megacities of the Middle East. The park is the first urban park in UAE that uses biodiversity to enhance the local microclimate as well as the social public realm. 


Park in dense megacities of the Middle East  © SLA/Philip Handforth

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The park design is devised through SLA’s inhouse biologists and planting experts’ yearlong research studies of the region’s unique nature and wildlife. A research published in SLA’s own internal plant book covering all the native plant species of the UAE, their optimal growing and living conditions, and how to integrate them into design.


Al Fay Park UAE Native Plant Book  © SLA/Philip Handforth

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Park in dense megacities of the Middle East  © SLA/Philip Handforth

“阿布扎比树荫公园是该市森林公园的新类型。我们通过对区域内的动植物进行广泛研究后,为如何在中东思考和设计公共区域创造了新的范式。这座公园是对阿布扎比当地自然和文化的赞颂,也是如何最大限度地发挥气候作用、提高生活质量和从根本上改善整个城市的生物多样性的典范——所有这些都发生在一个曾经是沙漠的地方。” SLA首席设计师兼合伙人Rasmus Astrup介绍到。

“Al Fay Park is a new type of forest park in Abu Dhabi. Through our extensive research in the region’s flora and fauna, we create a new paradigm for how to think and design public realm in the Middle East. Al Fay Park is a celebration of Abu Dhabi’s native nature and culture and a prime example of how to maximize climate action, increase life-quality, and radically improve the biodiversity of an entire city – all on a former sand site,” says Rasmus Astrup, Design Principal and Partner in SLA.


Al Fay Park Microclimate Diagrams  © SLA/Philip Handforth 

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The coolest place in town 


As the first biodiversity park in the UAE, Al Fay Park contains more than 2,000 native trees and bushes – including the national Ghaf trees that have been replanted from desert nurseries into the park – all specifically chosen to strengthen biodiversity for both plants and wildlife and to maximize natural cooling throughout the park. The resulting microclimate reduces traffic noise and temperature and creates a distinct forest-like environment. The specifically designed sloping entrances funnels the cooler southern breeze down into the park while local grasses and bushes reduce sand infiltration.


Concept design  © SLA/Philip Handforth


Al Fay Park Site Plan  © SLA/Philip Handforth 

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The specifically designed sloping entrances  © SLA/Philip Handforth 

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Trees that have been replanted from desert nurseries  © SLA/Philip Handforth

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Al Fay Park Tree Moving Diagrams  © SLA/Philip Handforth

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阿布扎比树荫公园为阿布扎比市生物、环境和社会效益而专门设计。树木密度、土壤设计、仅用循环水灌溉,以及仅使用本地树种,这些措施使该公园与传统公园相比从根本上减少了40%的灌溉水量。植物群落在阿布扎比中部提供了茂盛且生机勃勃的环境,吸引了蜜蜂、传粉者、鸟类和动物——在这里可以百分之百保证你听到鸟儿的歌唱!而且微气候的设计为玩耍、运动和休闲活动提供了社会生态系统的最佳可能——使阿布扎比树荫公园成为社会和气候双重意义上的“市中心最酷(凉爽)的地方”,SLA首席设计师兼合伙人Rasmus Astrup说到。

“Al Fay Park is specifically designed to provide both biological, environmental and social benefits to Abu Dhabi. The density of the trees, the soil design, the irrigation using solely recirculated water, and the sole use of native species not only ensure that the park has radically reduced its irrigation with 40 percent compared to conventional parks. The planting also attracts bees, pollinators, birds and animals, providing a lush and lively atmosphere in the middle of Abu Dhabi – this is a with 100 percent birdsong guaranty! Lastly, the microclimate design provides the best possible social ecosystem for play, sports and leisure – making Al Fay Park both socially and climatically ‘the coolest place in town’,” says Rasmus Astrup, Design Principal and Partner in SLA.


A host of informal outdoor seating areas  © SLA/Philip Handforth 

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Along the edge of the park a winding Forest Track  © SLA/Philip Handforth

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Benefitting from the optimized microclimate, Al Fay Park is buzzling with social activities such as multiple sports facilities, playgrounds, street fitness, climbing walls, minigolf, food trucks and a host of informal outdoor seating areas. Along the edge of the park a winding Forest Track invites visitors to explore sensuous and wild nature experiences amongst the flowers and grasses and under the canopies. The result is a park with authentic ecosystems and natural habitats for wildlife that also is an open invitation for all to explore nature, interact with each other and relax together in a peaceful, comfortable and serene setting.


Social activities in the park  © SLA/Philip Handforth 

“阿布扎比树荫公园的世界级设计,创造了一个鼓励社区居民增进社交互动、并与周围自然相连接的空间。我们希望见证这座充满活力的公园的成长过程,并见证阿布扎比未来的一代代人由此受益。”市政和交通部城市发展代理主任 Latifa Al Hallami 说。


“The world-class design of Al Fay Park has created an environment that encourages community members to socially engage with one another while also connecting with the nature that surrounds them. We’re looking forward to witness the growth of this dynamic park that will benefit Abu Dhabi for future generations to come,” says Latifa Al Hallami, Acting Director of Urban Growth, at Department of Municipalities and Transport.
All in all, Al Fay Park is the Middle East’s first showcase of how to strengthen urban biodiversity while creating a cool, comfortable and unique round-the-clock public realm for all residents and visitors to meet, play and live.


An unique round-the-clock public realm  © SLA/Philip Handforth







景观设计:SLA图片版权: SLA/Philip Handforth

Project name:AI Fay park
Location: Abu Dhabi, UAE
Landscape Architect: SLA
Client: Abu Dhabi Department of Municipalities and Transport
Size: 27,500 sqm
Completion: March 2021
Collaborators: Parsons (architect of record), iGuzzini (lighting), Barari (contractor)

Images:All images should be credited ©SLA/Philip Handforth

For further information regarding the project, contact SLA Head of Communications Kristoffer Holm Pedersen: +45 6080 9394, khp@sla.dk