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Anwar Gargash Diplomatic Academy

Shape Architecture Practice And Research

Short description

Established in Abu Dhabi, right at the heart of the city’s diplomatic district, this facility was conceived to support the country’s Foreign Affairs Ministry through the education of young diplomats and government leaders. Rooted in Arab tradition and culture, an introverted building was created, with the play of outer opacity and internal transparency serving as a major motif.

To foster intellectual work and a high level of concentration, the interior’s design needed to embody complete serenity. Bold minimalism and an abundance of natural light offer clarity for the mind, drawing upon soothing linear patterns and materials that maximize the amount of entering light.

Entry finds a central atrium that is expanisve and well-lit, connecting every level. Wood-clad staircases wrap around the perimeter, encouraging movement. The main staircase widens near the student lounge to accommodate a student assembly. In the main auditorium, lighting, color, and texture all draw the eye toward the speaker’s stage.

Students are given ample options for study spaces at all levels of privacy. Each of these areas offers complete flexibility via modification. Through these thoughtful layouts and specifications, the Academy’s interior caters to occupant comfort and optimizes potential for both teaching and learning.

Entry details
LocationAbu Dhabi, UAE
Lead designerAbdullah Alshamsi
Design teamAli Torabi, Khaidar Plaza
Photography creditsPhil Handforth
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