UAE Focus

Schools designed for sustainability

November 2011

SEVEN new schools in Abu Dhabi, designed by global architecture, urbanism and design practice Broadway Malyan for the Abu Dhabi Education Council (Adec), are set to open this academic year.

Representing half of the first phase of Adec’s ‘model schools’ project, the schools will accommodate 7,000 students and offer 120,000 sq m of floor space.

Director Ian Apsley said: “Delivery of the schools has depended on the skills, expertise and experience of our team of experts, their understanding of the importance of local curriculum, culture and climate, and long-term partnering with the clients, as well as local delivery partner Planar Architects.

Broadway Malyan provided a wide range of services on the project, including architecture, interior design and landscape architecture, with the projects led by its Abu Dhabi-based team headed by Nick Davies.

Sustainability was a key design driver, such as through the extensive use of natural light, with sustainability features incorporated in a visible way to engage with students as part of their learning experience – for example, an ‘eco court’ in the Abu Dhabi West school employs shading structures which power the school’s science labs, and help grow plants for its biology lessons.

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