Rendering. Oman Botanic Garden, by Grimshaw Architects
The ‘Oman Botanic Garden’, will be the largest of its kind within the Arabian peninsula. Designed with guidance from his majesty sultan Qaboos Bin Said al Said, the eco-park will celebrate and conserve the country’s botanic diversity with hundreds of endangered species and also house a visitor center, education and research facilities.
Designed by Grimshaw Architects, Arup engineering, and Haley Sharpe Design, the project is located 35 kilometers from Muscat, -the capital and largest metropolitan city of Oman, in the foothills of the Al-Hajar mountains, the ‘Oman Botanic garden’ has a unique site condition. It is one of only a few locations in the world where the ancient sea bed is still visible after tectonic activity elevated the bed to 100 meters above sea level. Arup and Grimshaw worked with the existing natural ridges and ravines that traverse the site to design the buildings and walkways, carefully integrating them within the spectacular undulating land.
"The Oman Botanic Garden is an astonishing project with many layers of interwoven cultural and environmental significance. Its scale and diversity is truly world-leading; Grimshaw have delivered on their ambitious and unique design."
Omar Al Kathiri, Project Director, Oman Botanic Garden
Grimshaw Architects. Grimshaw was founded by Sir Nicholas Grimshaw in 1980. The practice became a Partnership in 2007 and operates worldwide with offices in New York, London, Melbourne, Sydney, Kuala Lumpur and Doha employing over 500 staff. Grimshaw was awarded the 2016 AJ100 International Practice of the Year Award for the firm's breadth of work around the globe.