Thursday, July 9, 2009
King Abdullah International Gardens - KAIG, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia | Barton Willmore
Barton Willmore to lead project to create futuristic Botanical Gardens in the desert
Barton Willmore, a leading British design and planning practice, in a joint venture with civil engineers Buro Happold, have won the international design competition to create a 160 hectare futuristic botanical garden: the King Abdullah International Gardens (KAIG) in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
The $170 million project, which draws on expertise from the Natural History Museum, and specialist sustainable development design group Emergy was commissioned by the Mayor of Riyadh and funded by contributions from business and individuals in the city.
The 160 hectare botanical garden scheme and leisure destination will be a cornerstone of the city’s growth and aim’s to provide a new visitor destination for both Saudis and international visitors.