Dubai Nature Island
A team of architects, urban designers and landscape architects produced a design concept for a nature island built in the center of the two spans of the Dubai Creek Fifth Crossing. The mission was to utilize the Sheikh Rashid Bridge as a departure point to an easily accessible nature park for the City of Dubai by extending the natural salt marsh and mangrove habitats of Ras-Al Khor Wildlife Sanctuary further into the urban fabric. The Dubai Nature Island provides public access to a new public amenity with a total landscape area of 243,000 m2 including both the island and the landings, and includes 70,000 m2 of valuable salt marsh habitat. Because of the tides and water erosion, the island was designed with a hard outer edge, but soft inner marsh landscapes that change with the tides. The hard outer edge protects the park like a shell and allows the inner parts of the island to be developed into a variety of interesting environments. Ricardo Romo-Leroux collaborated in the project as a team member while working at W Architecture and Landscape Architecture in a collaboration with FXFowle.
- Location: Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Image Credit: W Architecture & FXFowle