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ArtHouse Design was contracted to design compelling, bilingual and transcultural signage, wayfinding, exhibits and decorative elements for the newly redeveloped Mushrif Central Park in Abu Dhabi. ArtHouse was tasked with creating identifiable icons that could be used to delineate important park destinations, to design custom signage and wayfinding elements, interactive exhibits for children & adults, exhibits detailing the history of the Date Palm and the flora and fauna of the UAE, custom park maps, decorative banners, interactive seating and a monumental glass entry cube.
ArtHouse Design created a comprehensive, bilingual signage and wayfinding program for this beautiful new development that was inspired by the local culture, flora and fauna of the United Arab Emirates, and the goals of the park and surrounding community. This included custom icons to delineate each amenity and area of discovery throughout the park, decorative banners, city bus wraps to advertise the park throughout Abu Dhabi, and a custom map for ease of navigation. ArtHouse also developed beautiful, interactive exhibit designs for the petting zoo, Hajar Mountains installation and several other educationaldisplays, as well as interactive, glowing seating that contributes to Mushrif Central Park’s unique sense of place. ArtHouse extended its use of placemaking to a monumental entry pavilion that is decorated with hundreds of glass panels etched with an elegant and ethereal custom tree design, as well as sand-blasted pavers and bronze-cast fish sculptures that form a central feature throughout the park. ArtHouse created a truly innovative environment that is a graceful marriage of Emirati heritage and pioneering design and will surely be a community fixture for many years to come.
The objective of the park redevelopment initiative, the first of its kind in Abu Dhabi, was to establish relationships with the community and share with them the park’s redevelopment plans. Additionally, a community survey was developed to capture important feedback from Abu Dhabi residents about their views on operations and programming. The newMushrif Central Park has become a staple for the Abu Dhabi community for locals and ex-pats alike and features engaging programming in a safe, secure and sustainable environment both night and day.