Durrat Arriyadh Housing Project


Urban Housing & Resorts


The Durrat Arriyadh Housing Project was a private development, provided several design challenges due to its scale. The central spine measured approximately 3. 5 km and the spines across 1 km in length. The environmental challenge was to provide the maximum green effect with limited…

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The Durrat Arriyadh Housing Project was a private development, provided several design challenges due to its scale. The central spine measured approximately 3. 5 km and the spines across 1 km in length. The environmental challenge was to provide the maximum green effect with limited water available. A further challenge was to reduce the large open spaces to a more intimate human scale. We used a natural wadi or dry riverbed principle to design the area, using grading and earth berms to create more intimate landscape spaces. The central area of all spines were lowered and provided with an intensive green landscape. The intensive landscape areas were then linked to drain to the lowest area of the site, where a large retention basin formed a lake. Landscape user elements, play and sport facilities and other landscape features were placed primarily in the intensive green areas. Nodes were developed in attractive features, acting as orientation landmarks together with a series of plazas, completing the combination of urban and park landscapes. The outer surrounding areas were treated sparsely and given a desert-like finish, using stones, rocks features and some ground covers. To maximise the green effect these areas were planted intensively with desert tree species with lower water requirements.