In addition to the Central Park (see separate project sheet) there are dedicated parks to the following: Women, Retirement, Camping, Zoo and Theme Park which makes up a total of 600 hectares of Park on the edge of Benghazi.
Each project has a distinctive architectural theme. The Theme Park and Zoo have very specific technical requirements which require their own specific response. The zoo in particular has an innovative approach to the design where the wild animals can be seen displaying their natural behaviour. The design is based on a large central enclosure, the “Rift Valley”, where species held in surrounding paddocks can be brought together in groups for visitors to appreciate how animals interact. A typical combination might be giraffes, ostriches, rhinos, zebra and gazelles. At other times the lion pride would hold command of the enclosure with other species confined to paddocks. On the scale proposed the “Rift Valley” would be a world class exhibit.
The Retired People’s Park has a unique character, aiming to provide a relaxing and more traditional environment for older generations. The avenues and squares with their formal gardens aim to provide a more contemplative environment, with scope for social interaction around cafes, library and other buildings facing onto the main piazza in the local centre.
The Women’s Park has been designed to create an embracing, secure and nurturing family environment for women and children. The buildings have been designed as rammed earth structures, which ‘grow’ from the ground with subtle curving geometry, allowing the landscape to merge with the building. A sinuous bougainvillea planted pergola, inspired by an Arabic motif, threads its way through the park, acting as the main pedestrian circulation, providing shade, linking all the key character areas of the Women’s Park.
The masterplan was undertaken in collaboration with HED.