Sheikh Zayed Private Academy
Local traditions meeting innovation is the core of our design strategy for The Sheikh Zayed Private Academy. At this state-of-the-art school, the cultural history of the desert land meets the vital 21st Century Skills in an activating learning environment.
In Abu Dhabi, water is a limited resource. With blue ceramic waterways intergrated in the floors, the design activates the narrative of how life-giving water has changed the rugged landscapes and created growth. The sparkling channels connect the school in cross-sectional patterns, occasionally rising to form amusing showcases for the students.
Meanwhile, the giant rock formations surrounding the city work as inspiration for the yellow plateau in the central common area. Here, upholstered caves in the walls give room for immersion, while an oasis of palms and playgrounds invite to movement.
Red sofas sway across all open space of the school. The seatings invite students to meet, hang out, and collaborate on projects, so the entire school is available as learning space.
The design for Sheikh Zayed Private Academy inspires innovative thinking by combining differentiated learning, local history, and interdisciplinary meetings.