Breathing fresh life into open spaces

Aug 22, 2017


Taking the elemental life-force of oxygen as its inspiration, Oxygen Park, is a unique public space designed for health and wellbeing in a desert environment in Qatar. It has been created with the local community in mind, providing an open space in which to exercise, rest, and play. Oxygen Park is inspired by the wind eroded rocks and fluid land formations of the desert. The path and running tracks are embedded in the topography to create an exciting training ground with looping tracks, cooled tunnel segments, and steep hills.

 

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The night-time lighting scheme and refreshing water features provide an attractive setting for evening sports activities and individual work-outs during cooler hours of the day. Oxygen Park features shaded running tracks, subterranean pitches for team sports, equestrian facilities, as well as more gentle recreation areas with a series of soundscape-filled, refreshing folly spheres.

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The ‘balloon lights’ floating above the subterranean grounds make the park visible from afar and add a touch of magic to the setting. Oxygen Park is a man-made ‘green lung’ with a design inspired by nature. It is an antidote to the generic indoor gym environment and helps people to get back to nature, while fostering social engagement and promoting active healthy lifestyles.

 4rik Behrens of AECOM is a German Designer and Architect who heads up an award winning Design Studio in London. His studio’s work is innovative and signified by ambitious designs, many defying traditional architectural conventions and dimensions. James Haig Streeter is the Design Practice Director for AECOM’s US West Region and is based in San Francisco.

 

PROJECT CREDIT- Client: Qatar Foundation, Education City

 

Photography: Markus Elblaus



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