Our concept design proposals for this British International School in Qatar provides an holistic learning environment for 1,700 pupils aged 3 – 18 from a diverse range of backgrounds. The integrated campus is made up of varied settings for children and young people to learn and play beneath an over-sailing roof that lends a distinct identity to the campus and reinforces the sense of community.
A tight site demanded an innovative approach to accommodate sufficient internal and external spaces. Through the use of raised decks and roofs for sport and play, our design provides approximately 7,500m² of additional site area for sports and recreation, a multi-use game area and sheltered play space.
Both the primary and secondary schools are organised as flexible clusters of teaching spaces arranged around courtyards. These clusters can be identified as departments, faculties and/or houses.
Short term flexibility is accommodated through the provision of sliding/folding partitions to allow for single spaces for up to 60 children. Long term adaptability is achieved through lightweight partitions that can be demounted to provide a more open plan and varied landscape of teaching and learning settings.
The environmental strategy incorporates the courtyards to bring daylight and nature into the depth of the building while allowing for natural ventilation during winter. A precast concrete structural system is envisaged to allow for a faster track construction programme, to minimise waste and maximise the sustainability aspects of the design.