Abu Dhabi Education Council received more than 27 proposals from international firms in response to a design competition to produce model school designs for Abu Dhabi’s indigenous Arab population. Studio E Architects along with local partner Tawreed and environmental consultants Max Fordham were one of three successful consortia selected. The schools programme of development included seven Cycle 1 (Grade KG-5) schools, seven combined Cycle 2 and Cycle 3 schools (Grades 6-12), two Cycle 3 schools (Grades 10-12), and two KG-12 schools. The target was to provide learning environments of the highest quality that would support latest teaching methods and new curricula and also respond to the population growth within the Emirate.
The Studio E Architects Tawreed Model is being used for seven Cycle 1 schools, and features defined learning communities set around a series of green leafy courtyards. Designed to achieve a three pearl Estidama sustainability rating the proposed new schools sought to include features not seen at schools in Abu Dhabi before. Innovative learning environments, flexible, conducive to transformational teaching methods and personalised learning. Teaching facilities equipped with state of the art technology and supported by extensive common spaces including swimming pools, gymnasia, libraries, auditoria and dining areas.
ADEC’s 10 Year Strategic Plan is a historic transformation of the education system that will deliver education excellence. World class learning environments are a key element. H.E Salem Al Sayers, Acting Director General of ADEC