|Location||Wadi al Dawasir, Saudi Arabia|
|in Co-operation with||Martin Vaché|
|Landscape Architects||Rainer Schmidt Landschaftsarchitekten|
|Status||study for a master plan 2007|
|Project Team||Ina-Maria Schmidbauer, Patrick von Ridder, Peter Scheller, Dominik Lang|
The Green Oasis is a project for a new city in the desert on the Arabian Peninsula to offer urban spatial quality in compliance with local cultural traditions. The planning goals for Green Oasis are harmony between traditional lifestyle and contemporary technology, leisure an innvation, economy and ecology. As cultural, admininstrative and religious centre for the whole region, it will serve local communities and attract national attention to the region.
The Urban Wall separates the inside from the outside. Inside is the green of the garden, outside is the glaring yellow of the endless desert. The Urban Wall is shelter, but unlike in ancient times, the desert is no more hostile. In today‘s urban civilization, the desert means the location of origin of the arab culture. The wall of houses makes the desert experienceable. Living on the edge of the desert in harmony with one‘s heritage. The Urban Wall draws the outline of Green Oasis’ unique formal layout in the sand and helps to establish the city as a strong visual landmark from the beginning.
Green Oasis‘ design concept is based on the star layout, designed by the bordering buildings forming a wall. The wall keeps the desert outside, promising shelter, shade and calmness. It‘s unique formal design makes Green Oasis a landmark development with high recognition value. The area of green oasis is filled with a garden landscape, that allows easy adaption of land use for possible future growth scenarios. In the center of the garden, Green Oasis‘ medina is designed as cultural, administrative and religious center and compact housing development.