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View from the main road , Credit: Phil Handforth

Anwar Gargash Diplomatic Academy

Firm LocationSharjah, United Arab Emirates
Project locationAbu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
CompanyShape Architecture Practice And Research
Lead ArchitectAbdulla Alshamsi
Design TeamAli Torabi, Khaidar Plaza, Muzzammil Contractor, Javier Serrano, Mukhtar Basha, Mohammed Khader
ClientMinistry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation

An introverted academy building was created, with the play of outer opacity and internal transparency serving as a major motif. Simplicity of form can be seen in the cubic mass housing both classrooms and offices for staff and faculty. A high-performance, double skin façade diffuse sunlight throughout the interior, without obstructing views. Each side of the building is encapsulated by different perforated panel fold patterns, creating an ever-changing play of shadow and light. Entry finds a central atrium, housing hanging staircases, that is expansive and well-lit, connecting every level.