Abu Dhabi International Airport
ReardonSmith Landscape were shortlisted to develop outline concept proposals for the new world-class Midfield Terminal Complex in collaboration with Kohn Pedersen Fox Architects London. Due to the fast track nature of the project, the design approach for the 80 hectare site was to utilise a modular tool kit of landscape elements, which would allow expedient design and construction.
Key to the success of the concept was the vehicular arrival and departure sequence and the experience whilst travelling by car at high speed. As such, bold, grand and simple landscape elements were proposed along the view corridors of the entry and exit roads to create a memorable arrival and departure experience. The proposals had to meet or exceed the strict local Estidama code for sustainability thus verdant planting was concentrated to the key areas of green gateways to punctuate the journey, maximising impact and minimising site water consumption. The proposals were highly commended.