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Al Hussein Public Parks project is one of the landmarks in Amman. The Parks include a cultural village, sports fields, memorial building, historical passageway, decorated gardens, amphitheater, circular yard, automobile museum, children museum, traffic park, and walls and gates. Such projects aim at showcasing our cultural heritage once its been reformulated and then presented in a contemporary way. The project contains sites that embody the goal of preserving the architectural heritage and emphasize esthetics.
Among the project’s components:
The Cultural Village:
The Cultural Village aims at introducing our heritage and Jordanian culture to visitor through a set of handicrafts created by a group of professional artisans and innovative institutions. The project consists of a main square surrounded by shops and galleries. On the eastern side of the village there is a coffee shop and two restaurants with a view overlooking the city. Designers made sure that only natural stones are used and metallic elements. Part of the building was covered with a sand hill and plants to lessen the effect of the massive stones and to give the impression that the building is merging in with the surroundings.
Historical Passageway:
The idea behind the Passageway is an attempt to explore the cultural content and to present a chronological timelines for the region, with its rich history, beginning with the stone age and on to the iron, copper and bronze ages.
The Passageway also depicts past civilizations and peoples.
The mural, which stretches some 488 meters, has been divided into slides of various lengths corresponding to the historic period to which it refers.
The creation of each slide was inspired by the historical events and characters of a particular period.
Stones of all shapes and sizes have been used as a main building element.
Marble, granite, iron, bronze, ceramic tile and pottery have also been used.
This made it possible to create the needed diversity while maintaining the thematic link.
As far as Mastabas are concerned, different types of material and various colors were used as appropriate for each historical period.
It should be noted that the mural contains a number of sculptures, decorations, paintings and metallic formations that were contributed by a number of local artists of various artistic schools.
Circular Yard:
This is a yard covered with tile in the shape of rings, broken throughout by sand rings planted with grass, and surrounded by a modest stone stand.
It has several entry gates.
The yard was constructed to provide a venue for national celebrations and festivities as it is ideally suited for the purpose and thus will stimulate the participation of more bands and troupes in those festivities.
Al al-Bayt Institute Building:
The existence of this Islamic structure points to the importance that the Hashemites give to the role of the Institute in Islamic life. Moreover, it is in line with the vision expressed by the Late King Hussein as far as the enrichment of man’s life with all sorts of knowledge. Care was taken to emphasize the Islamic character of the project: internally, the theme is unity of elements, leading to an inner courtyard; the use of cellars, arches in roofing, and propotionality, breakage of continuity of entrances as an element of creating anticipation, in addition to the use of wood and metal in overlapping fashion whereby, in the end, a distinctly Islamic style is reflected.
Externally, a viewer looking at the external façade will note the extensive use of arches and Islamic oriels which give the building a reflection from the inside out, as well as a particularity that differs from the urban texture, not only as a religious or cultural function but as a school of all Islamic architectural elements.
Sports Fields:
The idea here is to create areas specifically for people of all ages practicing various sports. It includes several linked elements with a network of passageways within the site. The project includes a football field, and basketball, volleyball and tennis courts. Additionally, there are playgrounds for children and a traffic park to teach children basic traffic rules. There is also a camping area used by scouts and a stone stand that can hold 150 spectators, which can be used for giving lectures and other recreational activities. The project also includes a skiing rink for children with a stand that can seat 70 people. Services needed by visitors have been made available at the project.
Automobile Museum:
As Al Hussein Public Parks project was created in memory of the Late King Hussein, the Automobile Museum was erected on part of the Park to house and exhibit the Late King’s collection of automobiles. The design of the building comes across as a mass merging into the surrounding environment and blends with it through the artificial planted hills which rise beyond the building’s walls. Internally, the display of automobiles is congruent with the shape of the building.
Decorated Gardens:
The Decorated Gardens represent the heart of Al Hussein Public Parks project. With its design and area that covers more than 70 acres, the Gardens are the essential reason behind creating the project. The project is made of two main axes: the perpendicular which goes upward from the entry court to the Historical Passageway mural; and the horizontal axis which runs from the Cultural Village fountain court to the Islamic park. The Gardens also include a waterway, and Poets’ Passage, which showcases a set of symbolic suites. The network of side passages with their various tile work highlights the esthetic element of the Gardens. These passages are broken by water elements, plants and trees, Mastabas of various heights, arbors, sand hills, gardens and sites representing historical periods, such as the Islamic Garden and the Hijaz Railway. The division of the Gardens reflects natural diversity in Jordan
General Buildings:
The Department makes all the designs for the various buildings that the Municipality implements. Care is taken to ensure the inclusion of all elements that make the project unique, such as esthetic values, whether the project would meet the objectives behind its creation, preservation of architectural heritage, along with the use of modern elements. Designs are not limited to service and administrative buildings; rather they also include sports buildings that serve all communities. Examples of these buildings:
Multi-Purpose Sports Arena
Implementation of this project of international standards will commence the beginning of September 2003. The Arena is comprised of two levels: the first is the stands with a seating capacity of 3000, a long with a VIP section and a royal suite, in addition to chambers for TV coverage. The lower level contains training rooms, gyms, showers and lockers, in addition to two squash courts, management offices, first aid and sports medicine sections. The Arena is air-conditioned and soundproof and will have all needed equipment of international caliber for games and tournaments.

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