The new King’s College School in Dubai will provide an international and world class education campus, tailor-made for the modern Dubai. The school responds to the clients’s vision for an architectural and educational landmark. A strong organisational diagram encompasses an early years centre and primary and secondary school accommodation for 1,200 students beneath a dramatic and unifying roofscape. The 20,000m² building complex forms part of a broader site masterplan that includes an Olympic sized swimming pool, playing fields and housing for 200 staff. A green oasis forms the heart of the school; a place where the whole school can gather. Short-term flexibility and long-term adaptability is at the core of the design, promoting flexible teaching, personalised learning and interdepartmental collaboration.
Passive and active design measures are incorporated to minimise energy consumption. A double roof structure with large overhangs helps minimise solar glare and overheating whilst allowing large expanses of glass to provide naturally lit classrooms and good views. A concrete frame provides thermal stability, grey and black water is recycled for irrigation, and solar panels provide hot water. The project is on course for a Gold LEED accreditation.