Take a look at our design for Airport City’s Central Park in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

Great new images show our multi-faceted design for the 9.3-hectare Central Park for Airport City in the Saudi city of Jeddah, a beautifully landscaped mixed-use space which which will be at the heart of the new urban district.

Airport City, which is due to commence construction before the end of this year, will be a world-class mixed-use development adjacent to King Abdulaziz International Airport which will become a leading destination for visitors from across Saudi Arabia and the GCC region. The 1.91 million m² GBA masterplan for Airport City introduces a new mixed-use community concept to the region, creating diverse tourism and business opportunities while also providing a dynamic lifestyle and family entertainment venue.

The Central Park is designed as a large botanical garden which combines elegant landscaping with culture, leisure activities for all ages, retail and dining. The 18,000m2 of gross leasable area within the park will also include a discovery pavilion, a sensorial pavilion, a science pavilion and children`s pavillons, as well as an arts park, a children´s park and a floating food village.

The design for the park combines the best of modernity with local heritage, culture and history, creating lasting memories for those who visit it.

The park sits at the heart of the Airport City masterplan, close to the business district and its hotels, serviced apartments and exhibition and conference centres. The space will be a vibrant link between the central spine of the masterplan, the lifestyle centre, the high speed railway station and the new airport terminal.

The wider Airport City scheme will deliver a dynamic and sustainable mix of provisions around a central avenue, which links the airport's railway station to the airport's dedicated mosque. Included within the masterplan are shops, leisure and entertainment functions, healthcare clinics, private residences, a financial district, an artisans' district, a green food yard and a central artists' district. A "Saudi Dreams" centre will provide an ideal showcase for the Kingdom's culture and ambitions.

The project creates a new hub gateway to Jeddah and beyond at the strategically important meeting point of the airport, high-speed railway station and the motorway junction between central Jeddah and the Northern Expansion Zone.

Green spaces and water features are provided throughout the development, along with public squares, a village street, a family promenade and other beautifully landscaped areas.

Chapman Taylor is designing this transport-orientated urban development on behalf of client SARH Airport Development and Real Estate Investment, together with AE Prime as a lead consultant and project manager.

Rocío Martínez (MArch, ETSAG)

Senior Masterplanner & Architectural Designer, Madrid

Rocío has a strong design philosophy, believing in creative and responsible design. She sees every project as a new challenge to create the highest quality designs and believes that excellent collaboration and communication are the key pillars for success.

She joined Chapman Taylor’s Shanghai studio in 2014, where she worked on developments at various scales across China, on both architectural and masterplanning projects.

Having refined her international and commercial expertise and acquired a detailed knowledge of customer environments, Rocío returned to Spain to join our Madrid studio in 2016 and has worked on a range of projects in the retail, leisure, mixed-use and masterplanning sectors in Europe, Latin America and the Middle East.


Areas of expertise:

Masterplanning / Retail / Mixed-use / Concept Design

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