The Rotterdam and New York City–based West 8 has unveiled plans for a botanic garden in Doha, Qatar to feature plants mentioned in the Qur’an. According to the firm, the Qur’anic Botanic Garden project will break ground this year, roughly five years after the idea for the project was proposed by UNESCO.
“The experience through the Qur’anic Botanic Garden represents a Journey of Life; from birth to death and back to the beginning,” said West 8 in a statement. “The journey starts with water and progresses through the gardens which display a rich botanical diversity.”
Visitors enter the new gardens via two long ramps that descend to what is being called a “water patio.” From there, they can head to a reception area or the Garden of Reflection, a lush circular courtyard centered around a small pond. This garden then connects to a sequence of five others gardens throughout the complex, which is surrounded by 370 Date Palms.