Classes will be out­side

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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.”

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