Having opened to the public in February 2018, The Block is already performing exceptionally well, with 2 large festivals being held at the venue within its first month of opening alone. During the 7-month construction period, over 700 surplus concrete blocks left on the site by the Dubai Canal’s developers were stacked to create a multitude of features and play items. This was the central design direction which defined the park’s aesthetic, but also prevented over 20,000 tonnes of concrete which was otherwise destined for landfill. The park features an outdoor gym, multi-sports court, urban beach, skate park/track and open lawns, with a -throughout the park, being polished and inclined to create a slide, semi-buried to create box jumps in the gym, or simply stacked to form the impressive angular boundary condition around the park. At the centre of the park, the blocks are arranged three-high to create an intriguing labyrinth-like ravine that is naturally shaded, the floor of which is finished with recycled rubber and walls adorned with climbing holds. desert INK ensured that construction materials are re-useable, recycled and locally-sourced. The locally-produced concrete block paving will be lifted for re-use upon decommissioning, while the entire warehouse structure is designed to be reassembled at a future site. The blocks themselves are re-useable, while timber decks utilise spent scaffolding planks rather than virgin, imported materials. Native plants such as date palms, Leptadenia and grasses are found throughout, thriving in the site’s naturally sandy soils. Local stone is crushed to create a fine gravel walking surface. Date Palms form the upper canopy of the park. The tall vertical structure of the palms creates an instant impact, while also being utilised to fix lights and suspend shade fabrics in lieu of additional poles.