This project has taken a disparate set of traffic islands surrounded by roads and flyovers and transformed them into a new waterfront park. Attention is directed away from the traffic and towards the water: coloured walls in the children’s playground, for example, or the introduction of raised levels allows maximum use of space while providing visual diversion. Fountains and an informal auditorium have also been included. To comply with a tight schedule, the scheme used pre-fabricated local materials where possible. With the flyovers framing views of the city, the urban and the natural here interact to bring purpose to a hostile leftover space.
The Aga Khan Trust for Culture, 2011.