Innovation Cluster Residential District Landscape Concept Design

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, since 2019

The design for District 5, one of the districts round the core of the Innovation Cluster, hinges on a variety of plazas and typical zones that together form public spaces which create a strong identity

  • Client: MBS Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud Foundation (MiSK)
  • Timeframe: since 2019
  • Planning Area: 42 ha
  • Use: Residential Development, Open Space
Impression of the District Park as recreational space
Impression of the District Park as recreational space

The Residential District 5 is one of the neighbourhood areas surrounding the core of the Riyadh Innovation Cluster - a 344-hectare big new development for the emerging Saudi generation with focus on innovation, sustainability and creativity. With round 42 hectares, District 5 is complementing the live-work-play environment of the entire Innovation Cluster. The area includes residential plots with villas and town houses, apartments, a local mosque, a community centre and two kindergartens. The landscape areas are understood as urban or natural open spaces and are defined to establish unique characteristics and varied experiences. The District Park within the Innovation Cluster is the main green space and serves as a recreational park offering active and passive functions like urban plazas, playgrounds, feature crossings, activity areas and lawn. The Green Corridor is a linear open space with a parklike, but nonetheless arid character.

 

Public realm serves as a community meeting area
Public realm serves as a community meeting area
Residential neighbourhood with the Living Street
Residential neighbourhood with the Living Street

In the interface between the private residences in the east and the residential areas in the west, an extensive landscape buffer is integrated into the concept serving as a transition zone as well as a recreational area for the residents. Furthermore, it plays an important part in the sustainable urban drainage strategy in minimizing inflow to the sewage system, allowing water to percolate into subsoil layers, reducing velocity and incorporating visible stormwater elements like swales.

 

Public realm as a living community area
Public realm as a living community area

Each neighbourhood shall have its own distinctive identity and is developed around the idea of the Living Street - with the street being a community space rather than a car circulation area.

The mobility network is based on flat hierarchies between all users, a strong pedestrian and cycling connectivity and permeability within the neighbourhoods.