We are delighted to be the appointed landscape architects for a new business park in Dubai. The 4ha site is being developed by one of the Dubai's leading developers who has established quality benchmarks in business park development in the UAE. Landscape spaces will include a large plaza with outdoor cafes, seating areas, and tree planting for shade. We'd like to thank the project client, and our client, the main consultants, for choosing Verdaus for this high quality project. Looking forward to working on another successful project with a great team of people.
Verdaus are delighted to be the selected landscape architects for a new affordable housing project in Dubai. Part of the design task is to create cost effective landscape treatments for the public realm. We look forward to this exciting and rewarding design challenge.
Andre recently visited Lailak Street Park for the final inspection and came back with some interesting photographs. This park was designed to encourage kids to explore, get lost, and have fun in the process. We are inspired by "free play" principles where kids make their own fun. We like the way the park has matured. Pathways now weave through fields of fluffy grasses (Pennisetum spp). The concept was to hide destinations around corners and over level changes. This strategy was to create a sense of mystery and challenge in the park. Confidence and a desire for adventure is all that's needed to find the "Play Plateau", elevated at the centre of the park. "Kids Councils" can occupy small spaces tucked amongst the planting, these are great places to take stock and plan the next move. Theres a large lawn where everyone can play ball, hold markets or other community events. All-in-all we are a bit chuffed with the way it turned out. Waiting for the summer to end, and everyone returns to the outdoor world. Then we will come back to see how the kids are using this new park.
It's an ironic cliche to use in this arid region. But, we are going to anyway. It never rains but it pours! In a good way. Verdaus have just been awarded a new project on a 1.5 ha site in the prestigious beachfront precinct of Jumeirah, Dubai, UAE. This is our second new project in as many weeks. We are delighted to be winning still more work with long term clients. Enough of the trumpet blowing already? Perhaps, well - yes actually. With construction on site well underway, there is work to be done! We can't release any project specific information just yet. But as as soon as we can, we will.
Verdaus are delighted to be appointed to design the public realm for a mixed use development on a 2.5 hectare site in Jumeirah, Dubai, UAE. Jumeirah is an established beach-side precinct of Dubai. The site is close to popular beaches and recreational and entertainment venues. We have worked with the client on multiple projects over the past five years. We are now working to create another successful project with a repeat client and great team.
Structural soil is a construction technology developed by landscape architects. The system is designed to improve conditions for urban tree planting. It is a fairly simple method using a specially designed mix of aggregate and planting medium. The aggregates form a structural matrix to support the pavement around trees, and the planting medium provides space and nutrients to the tree roots. Verdaus first used this technology on the Majlis Oman project. The follow photo gallery shows the sequence of construction.
The hoarding is down at Lailak Street Park! The park is now open to the public. It is time to celebrate another successful project opening at Verdaus Landscape Architects. We are sure the celebrations in our studio won't match the party in the park. The word is out and kids from the local community are discovering the park. The last time we visited there were a group of kids playing in the park. This is always an exciting moment for a designer, seeing the landscape being used for the first time. The kids were running along the narrow "discovery trails" that wind through the planting beds. The kind of games we imaged during design were being played out in real life. Exciting stuff! It has been a real pleasure to team up with EMAAR Community Management and the Residents Board in making Lailak Street Park a reality.
We just returned to the office from visiting the Sharjah Maritime Museum. This is one of our earlier projects and we were delighted with the way this space embraced a wide range of activities. There was a festival in full swing when we visited. This project is located on a culturally important site on the creek in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates.
Verdaus just received our certificate of support from Trees for the Future. They on a simple and great mission:
"Trees for the Future is dedicated to planting trees with rural communities in the developing world, enabling them to restore their environment, grow more food, and build a sustainable future."Verdaus wish TFF ongoing and increasing success in their mission of improving lives through planting trees. Here is a link to TFF's financial data. Here is a link to make a donation to support TFF's good work.
Construction on the Lailak Street Park is progressing well. Paving is currently being installed and it is exciting to see the patterns coming to life. This is the first project we designed a bespoke paving pattern for 100% of the project site. The intent is to stimulate delight, interest, and imagination. Each area is designed with a specific pattern. In some areas the pattern is intentionally random and complex. Other areas reveal recognisable shapes, intended to stimulate spontaneous invention of new games. In these cases, the regular patterns and shapes could be used to measure distance or boundaries. Other examples are areas of purely dark or light paving that could be drawn on by the kids. While it is exciting to watch the park coming to life, we can't wait for the day the kids will arrive!
"Walkable City" is an interesting book about urban design. The book promotes the idea that if you make a walkable city, you make a city which is good for people. The chapter, "Why Johnny Can't Walk", focusses on the health benefits of walkable cities, and conversely, the health risks of un-walkable places. There's another book out there devoted entirely to this subject, "Urban Sprawl and Public Health", written by Dr Richard Jackson in 2004. Dr Jackson's inspiration for writing came from observing a woman in her seventies, struggling in ninety-five degree heat (95F / 35C) with heavy shopping bags on the side of a seven lane motorway, with "no sidewalks and two miles between traffic lights". Here's the interesting observation by Dr J., Continue Reading
We are delighted that the Lailak Street Park in Emirates Hills is now under construction. EMAAR Community Management appointed Verdaus to design the park in 2013. The design process involved extensive consultation with board members of the residents association. We enjoyed the engagement with direct stakeholders who actively influenced the final design. No doubt the residents are excited to see the existing site being transformed into a new recreational facility for the community. here.
On November 25, 2014 at 07:13PM the internet published an article about one of our projects. Dubai Parks unveils plans for Riverpark development. Read the story here
Laith Wark from Verdaus recently visited the 911 Memorial Site in New York, designed by Peter Walker. The site, "Ground Zero", was redeveloped as a memorial in honor of the innocent people who died during the tragic events that occurred on September 11. I guess everyone will interpret the design of this place in their own way. I left the site with a deep sense of empathy for the people who suffered the loss of loved ones. The design concept powerfully emphasized the concept of loss in the way the tower footprints were expressed as deep excavations. The fact of what had happened, and the sense of what had been destroyed were laid bare. This was a brave design move. I imagine the urge to "cover and forget" would have been a "safer" proposal, less controversial. The experience of visiting this site is something that will be difficult to forget.
Last month Laith Wark from Verdaus visited the Highline (designed by James Corner Field Operations and others) on a side trip during a business visit to the USA. It was early summer and the weather was amazing. The Highline was bursting with fresh green growth and thousands of people out to enjoy a day in the park. The Highline story begins with an industrial period elevated railway line in New York City. In the early 2000's the aging infrastructure was destined to be demolished, until a successful community campaign won the right to convert the railway into a park. Today the Highline attracts millions of people per year, and offers opportunities for cultural events, social service, and respite from the streets of New York City. Development projects have since sprung up along the route of the new park, demonstrating how recreational open space can generate investment in real estate and stimulate an economy. The following photographs were made by Laith Wark during his recent visit.