- Location Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi
- Type Environments
- Area 300,000SF
- Completion 2010
kdA’s master plan for UK’s Dulwich College’s new campus in the United Arab Emirates responds to a vibrant cultural setting and an environment that is simultaneously organized and organic. Dulwich College, Saadiyat Island will be a living instrument that teaches respect for the land, creates a balanced educational, social, cultural, and physical program, and develops a pervasive learning environment.
This will be a place for pupils to be educated holistically through not only the program and curriculum of the school but also through a series of linked learning environments that represent a network of new landscapes connecting Dulwich College, Saadiyat Island to Asia, London and beyond.
The five precincts are connected by the continuous and interlocking landscape. The palm grove in the residential precinct gives way to the acacia woodland that stretches across the campus to the central square, while a wild undulating canopy of trees blends into the woodland floats above the early years school. In both the junior school and senior school the landscape becomes more organized and quiet in scale, reflecting the College’s curriculum. The performing arts and recreation precincts are the gateway from the College to the community and the world, allowing the world to be absorbed by the College.