Dead Sea Panoramic Complex
Located in a natural protected area of 258000 m² overlooking the Dead Sea, the project is part of the Tourism Sector Development Project in Jordan. The project includes a number of components that create a rich visitor experience. The Museum consists of 4 exhibition spaces detailing the Geological Origin of the Dead Sea, Ecological Eco-system, Historical-Man and Dead Sea and the Future of the Dead Sea (714 m2). In addition, the project includes a conference hall (191 m², 138 Seats), restaurant (245 m², 152 seats) and outdoor facilities including the Panoramic Terraces, pedestrian paths and external exhibition spaces (911 m²).
Sustainable Design Features:
- Resource Conservation: Local site materials were collected before construction and stored according to size, color and form and later used for pavements, elevation cladding, fencing and retaining walls
- Energy Efficiency: The outdoor lighting system was carefully studied to provide an attractive yet functional and economical lighting scheme for the entire site.
- Education, Awareness and Public Interaction: An informative and directional signage system was provided to educate the public about the site, the area in general and various plant materials. The project has been is use for about 2 years and is attracting both a local and international audience from various ages, interests and backgrounds. This has resulted in an increase in local awareness towards sustainable landscape design and the importance of the site and its context in general.
- Post Occupancy Evaluation: The evaluation of such projects in their post occupancy stage is often overlooked and is a critical component of the design process and allows the design team to evaluate how successful the design is at addressing different challenges and components
- Planting: Native and local plant species were used, Existing wild plants were transplanted to the nursery and reproduced and replanted after construction of the project
Landscape Design Features:
It is considered as a Xeriscaping project, The landscaping design aims at:
- Minimizing the effect of the construction.
- Keeping the site as undisturbed and natural as possible.
- Using the existing site soft and hard elements in the design to help in blinding the project with the surrounding which result in using the site hard elements: rocks, stones and gravel for retaining wall, pathways, pavement, building walls and podium.
- The plant material was transplanted from the site to a nursery during the construction period and brought back to the site.
Design, landscape design, preparation, of tender documents, construction management and supervision services.