RBA went beyond proposing a design for a park and developed a master plan based on an in depth analysis of the physical, social, ecological and archeological context of the city of Benghazi. Conceived as an oasis in the city, the Western Lake Park is a natural park and a bird habitat that offers diverse experiences -ecological, spatial, social- and will reconnect the citizens with nature through family, sports, and recreational activities. The park creates a protected bird habitat for endangered species and a green lung for the city of Benghazi; it provides both a respite from the city and a key element of its life. The Lake rehabilitation will improve the ecological health of the site, but also of the whole city of Benghazi. Natural rip rap edges preserves the riparian vegetation, essential to bird nesting. The Lesser Crested Tern, the Black Winged Stilt, and the Pink Flamingo are among the endangered species that nest in the Western Lake.
High points provide views and prospects into the lake, the park and the city. The paths and the topography are designed to enhance the visual and physical connection of the park with the city. Along the folds of the trails visitors will discover different prospects of the lake and city.
Location: Benghazi, LY
My Role: Architects