World’s largest botanic garden to open in Oman
World-renowned design firm Haley Sharpe Design (hsd) has teamed up with Arup and Grimshaw to deliver the engineering, landscaping, architecture, and interpretative designs for the breath-taking Oman Botanic Garden. Spread over an area of 420 hectares, the Oman Botanic Garden will be amongst the largest within the Arabian Peninsula and in the world.
With guidance from His Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said Al Said, the garden will celebrate and conserve the country’s botanic diversity which will be enjoyed by the people of Oman for generations to come. Two elegant biomes will contain a significant number of species. A high number of these are endemic and endangered. Located 35 kilometres from Muscat, in the foothills of the Al Hajar Mountains, the Oman Botanic Garden will be home to a visitor centre as well as education and research facilities. Visitors will experience the entire flora of the Sultanate of Oman in just a few hours. The eight defined habitats of the country are sensitively arranged at the centre of the site, gracefully bounded by Jebel Sufra and the majestic Qurn Mubarak. Visitors will travel around the wadis, mountains and deserts of Oman within an immersive landscaped setting displaying only native species, many of which cannot be found anywhere else in the world. Alisdair Hinshelwood, Designer and Director at hsd stated, “The Oman Botanic Garden project set itself and the entire design team unique technical and cultural objectives and aspirations. hsd has relished working on a project where the botanical, landscape and cultural heritage of Oman is being expressed through the detailed scientific research, technical design, and sheer creative enthusiasm of the entire team, client and design alike.” Ed Clarke, Associate Director and Project Manager commented, “At Arup we have enjoyed the many unique challenges presented by the Oman Botanic Garden; from designing natural and authentic landscapes to recreating the cool mists of the Khareef. More than 700 of our multidisciplinary engineers and specialist designers were engaged to explore and find solutions that would befit such an ambitious and creative brief. The Oman Botanic Garden must surely be one of the most marvellous projects in the world.”
Working for the Diwan of Royal Court, Arup, Grimshaw and Interpretative Designers hsd, have provided full multi-disciplinary services, right from master planning through to construction design. The project is due to start on site imminently.