Classes will be outside
A school with classrooms opening out to naturally cooled, green landscapes instead of air-conditioned corridors is to be built within Dubai’s eco-friendly residential community, due to open in 2017.
Sustainable City, the region’s first energy efficient and fully integrated sustainable community, which will also feature a sustainable hotel and innovation centre, revealed plans for its sustainable school yesterday.
“We had to rethink the school in our design and asked why not take advantage of the warm climate and move many of the functions of the school away from artificial airconditioned rooms and out in a naturally-ventilated, cooled environment,” said Mikkel Hallundbæk Schlesinger, the architect and head of Danish architecture firm CEBRA Int, Abu Dhabi branch.
“For the first time we By Mahak Mannan designed a school in which the climate and vegetation constitute as active design parameters,” he added.
Students at the school will be able to pass directly from the classrooms out into openair learning landscapes with greenery, wind towers and shaded outdoor spaces. Students will also be able to grow their own vegetables and flowers.
CEO of property firm Diamond Developers, Faris Saeed said: “Every building in The Sustainable City is designed to smoothly integrate with the city as a whole and we wanted to make sure our students will learn outside the school walls as much as they learn inside it.
“We believe this school will provide a pleasant and stimulating learning environment.”