Al Shaheed Park
Kuwait City, Kuwait
Approximately 807,293 sf. Overstructure & Daylight Greenroofs and ~2,500 sf. Exterior & Interior Greenwalls
Greenroofs.com Featured Project November 2, 2021
As more cases of COVID-19 are lessened and more people are vaccinated, many countries are reopening their doors to visitors. As Kuwait enters into a fifth phase plan for its return to normalcy, yesterday the Ministry of Interior and Public Authority of Manpower announced the issuing of all types of visas to Kuwait for 53 countries. Vaccinated expats who are approved by Kuwait in accordance with rules set by the health authorities are re-welcomed.
We felt this was a great moment to replay the beautiful Al Shaheed Park video from November 12, 2018! Located adjacent to Kuwait Bay in the Arabian Gulf, Kuwait City offers richly layered culture, history, shopping, cuisine, and stunning architecture. And Al Shaheed Park shines its green belt verdantly in contrast to the hot, arid climate – not to mention reduces the massive urban heat island.
As I shared my experiences earlier, Aramis and I had the great pleasure of visiting here back in early February 2018 when I spoke at the 5th International Green Roof Congress 2018 Kuwait, produced by IGRA.
We made lovely acquaintances and one in particular was with Haifa al Muhanna, the Al Shaheed Project Engineer/ Supervisor from developer Al Diwan Al Amiri.
If you’d like to learn more intimately about Al Shaheed Park from her personal experience as civil engineer and landscape designer, I highly recommend watching Haifa’s video above, “Al Shaheed Park, Kuwait by Eng. Haifa Al Muhanna” which she presented at our 2019 Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summit.
Excerpt from the Greenroofs.com Project Profile:
Al Shaheed Park is Kuwait’s historical, environmental and cultural platform with cutting-edge architecture and artwork. Providing the public with high quality programs, events and spaces, part of its mission is to spread awareness and to educate the public on the importance of the country’s land, history and environment.
The park was developed by Al Diwan Al Amiri (a civic organization) to revamp and reclaim a portion of the former Green Belt, a series of gardens built from 1961-64 between the old city of Kuwait and its expansion. The nearly 20 hectare park was constructed in four successive stages, from 2013-2017.
Al Shaheed Park is also one of the largest overstructure greenroofs in the world at about 75,000 m2, utilizing ZinCo systems. In addition, several greenroofed buildings sit atop the park including on museums, the Visitor Center, and restaurants.
Several GSky living walls are located within the park, too, including at the main entrance Celebration Gate.
Designed by Sara Machado + Ricardo Camacho and The Associated Engineering Partnership (with numerous consultants including Green Studios), the expansive site is beautifully landscaped and holds monuments, botanical gardens, two museums, a congress center, the Visitor Center with cafes and restaurants, the Amphitheater, the Bird Aviary, the Green Belt Lake (used for park irrigation), a jogging and biking lane as well as a mosque.
The park has two main monuments: The Martyr Monument is a seven meter high glass sculpture, and the Constitution Monument was built to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Kuwait’s constitution.
Thekra is a memorial museum that narrates the history and battles of Kuwait, including the Gulf War. The Habitat is an environmental museum that explores Kuwait’s habitats and aims to promote awareness and educate the public on the different ecosystems and the effects of pollution in the land.
The 2-floor Underground Parking offers 900 spots and beautiful oasis fountains, and a unique element is the presence of underground gardens. The beautiful, sensitive, and multifaceted Al Shaheed Park is a public garden oasis in a desert city honoring its past and promoting sustainable cultural and environmental design.
Al Shaheed Park, Kuwait City Phase III
By the way, below are some Phase 3 illustrations from Al-Hani Construction & Trading Co. The project was paused in 2019 due to COVID-19 but restarted in early September, 2020.
Owner: Al Diwan Al Amiri
Location: Kuwait City, Kuwait
Building Program: Park
Roof Type: Intensive & Extensive
Greenroof System: Single Source Provider
Size: ~807,293 sq. ft.
Greenroof Slope: 1%-30%
Greenwall Type: Interior & Exterior Living Walls
System: Single Source Provider
Size: ~2,500 sq. ft.
Greenwall Slope: 100%
AL DIWAN AL AMIRI
LOYAC (LOTHAN YOUTH ACHIEVEMENT CENTER)
SARA MACHADO + RICARDO CAMACHO AND THE ASSOCIATED ENGINEERING PARTNERSHIP
AL HANI CONSTRUCTION & TRADING COMPANY
HAIFA AL MUHANA, AL DIWAN AL AMIRI
PROJECT CONSTRUCTION MANAGER:
KHARAFI NATIONAL CO.
KHALED AL FOUZAN, THE ASSOCIATED ENGINEERING PARTNERSHIP, TAEP
GREEN ROOF CONSULTANT:
EXTERIOR & INTERIOR GREENWALL SYSTEM:
WATER FEATURE DESIGN & CONSTRUCTION:
CONSTITUTION GARDEN LANDSCAPE DESIGN:
SDARCH TRIVELLI&ASSOCIATI, ALHADEFF ARCHITECTS
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