CIVIC


Image Production: MOKA-Studio

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UNIVERSITY ENGINEERING DEPARTMENT

Location: Qatar University, Doha, Qatar
Client: Qatar University
Collaborator: Allies and Morrison
Consultants: Arup

[ URBAN DESIGN / EDUCATIONAL BUILDINGS ]
[ 1106 ]

New mini-campus for the engineering departments at Qatar University, Doha. The design creates finger-like buildings housing six departments, each with a top-lit internal "street" forming a hive of department activity. Buildings and nodes have distinct entrances and identities to assist way-finding. Connecting all are a variety of common hubs, courtyards, and a larger scale "seed pod" of common facilities shared between departments.


UNIVERSITY RESIDENTIAL AND FACULTY BUILDINGS

Location: Al Nahrain University, Baghdad, Iraq
Client: Al Nahrain University
Consultants: Al Khan Engineering Consultations

EDUCATIONAL BUILDINGS ]
[ 1006 ]

Design for new residential and faculty buildings for the University of Al Nahrain, Baghdad. The design posits a central courtyard which acts as a focus for landscaping, entrances, circulation, shared cafes, and meeting rooms - the communal heart. The buildings adopt a common material palette but have radically different characters: teaching spaces project into and engage the courtyard; the residential wing is introverted with enigmatic screened bedroom bays (as traditional Baghdadi shanashils).


Model: Assemblage

Model: Assemblage

NEW QUARTER

Location: Kadhimiya,  Iraq
Client: Baghdad Mayoralty
Consultants: - Adamson Associates, AECOM, Davis Langdon, Max Fordham, Schumann Smith, Ihsan Fethi, Akram Ogaily
Contract Sum: £500M

[ URBAN DESIGN / INFRASTRUCTURE/ RELIGIOUS, EDUCATION, CIVIC BUILDINGS ]
[ 0905 ]

Model: Assemblage

Model: Assemblage

Model: Assemblage

Model: Assemblage

On the disused space to the west of the centre a collection of major new buildings is proposed, formed around a new primary western axis from the Shrine. The buildings are strategically arranged on a raised plane, which carries a large variety of logistical services inside, but which also allows a vehicle-free environment at surface level for the large number of visitors. The new Mosque, Library, Religious School, and religious/general administration buildings are assembled here. Dramatically top-lit Eating Halls are placed at natural ground level adjacent the local urban street pattern, for easy movement from all sides.

In character, the new buildings play particular roles/functions: 

The new mosque is an important new religious landmark and has a formal disposition. It is oriented to match the Shrine and has a generous shaded courtyard/Sahn and colonnades. The proposed dome is the focus of an important new street axis leading the south-west. 

The Library and Religious School buildings are paired inside a large architectural decorative screen. Movement through the screen and building portals and interstitial spaces is rich with spatial complexity and interplay of natural daylighting. Separate reading rooms for men and women crown the Library building in the intense booklined reading rooms on the top storeys. In relative contrast, the Religious School building has layers of formal teaching rooms at entry level, but which breaks into an informal assembly of rooms and elevated small courtyards higher up where the residential community of scholars live.


MOSQUE

Location: Dhi Qar, Iraq
Clients: Ministry of Housing and Construction, Iraq

[ Urban design/Infrastructure/Housing/Educational, Civic, Health and Commercial Buildings ]
[ 1208 ]

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MEDICAL CENTRE

Location: Dhi Qar, Iraq
Clients: Ministry of Housing and Construction, Iraq

[ Health  Buildings ]
[ 1208 ]


PRIMARY SCHOOL

Location: Dhi Qar, Iraq
Clients: Ministry of Housing and Construction, Iraq

[ Educational Buildings ]
[ 1208 ]

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KINDERGARTEN

Location: Dhi Qar, Iraq
Clients: Ministry of Housing and Construction, Iraq

[ Educational Buildings ]
[ 1208 ]


IDEAS STORES

Location: Tower Hamlets, London, UK
Client: Urban Practitioners

[ EDUCATIONAL BUILDINGS ]
[ 0513 ]

Part of the rejuvenation of libraries in the London borough of Tower Hamlets via the Idea Store initiative. The study scourers the borough for suitable sites and systematically reports on their suitability. Four sites were identified and feasibility studies run on each, assessing access, massing and architectural issues.


RESEARCH . EDUCATION

A major new university is proposed for Tangier as part of a wider strategy addressing issues of high unemployment amongst existing graduates and general education standards in various employment sectors.  The proposed university is disaggregated rather than a single campus, engaging the city and providing multiple opportunities for localised dynamic catalytics.

The insertions are focussed in the historical centre of Tangier and establish a family of design responses to deal with the constraints of topography and tight urban grain.

Through linking new university departments with existing sectors in Tangier the proposal looks to provide both well needed employment experience and affordable access to services through the provision of shared facilities, fostering a stronger public sector and more sophisticated local SME growth.

 

'Employment fostering' Heng Liu, 

'Employment fostering' Heng Liu, 

As Morocco’s second most important industry centre, Tangier has undergone rapid Industrialization recently and will see vast development in the near future. While the growth of science based enterprise and education in Tangier is very slow. The huge gap in-between leads to many social issues and hinders the long-term development.

The project proposes the introduction of science-based, employment-centred urban development strategy in eastern Tangier, fostering new type of business among highly educated people, creating new modes of enterprises to balance the current ‘dependent’ economy (on foreign trade and service).

The site is located along the ‘backstreet’ area bordering existing railway and waterway, linking the industrial area in the south to the city centre in the north. By creating a series of departments, chronographically, the project wants to build a large platform, strengthening the cooperation between enterprise and Institution, functioning as an important spine for the sustainable development of the city.