Linking the city of Manama with the Bahrain Bay, the Corniche is a waterfront park that will become a key cultural landmark for residents and tourists of Bahrain. The shamal winds, prevalent through the Gulf Region, give rise to a subtle rolling topography across the site that creates protected areas for introduced ecologies and a respite for visitors. A gradient of plant types is established throughout the park that corresponds with elevation changes of the topography. Indigenous plantings requiring the least amount of water will be used on the high points and transitional slopes. At the low points where the primary pedestrian circulation is located, plants that can provide ample shade will be introduced using rainwater collected from the surrounding areas. Theodore Hoerr led the design of this project while at AECOM. Images courtesy of AECOM & SOM.