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Desert City

“Listening to the landscape” was a primary design driver throughout the development of this master plan. Direct inspiration was found from the features of the land, such as the water, the topography, and the climate. The Organic Proposal creates a dynamic master plan that is integrated into the vast natural surroundings of its site. The proposal endeavours to create a new place-making architectural expression that will add value to the existing site and to the surround community as a whole. The Organic concept offers an inviting and liveable academic community for students and staff by embracing the environment that exists around it in stimulating and innovative ways - rather than changing or altering it in a forced, artificial manner. It does this by using free-flowing architectural forms and landscaping that create a gentle procession of public and private spaces that effortlessly respond and interact with the landscape and environment. 

The large “organic” roof, shaped like the dunes of a desert, covers and protects the central “urban path” and main shared facilities of the campus. The wetland located on the site is integrated into the campus development as a landscape and architectural element. The HQ building and ceremonial area, for example, are surrounded by water which gives this area an enhanced civic presence in the site. 

A meandering central “urban path” that follows the contours and elevation differences of the landscape, connects the campus headquarters and ceremonial arena with the rest of the campus. The dinning hall, library, and mosque are located along this “urban path” or “spine” and provide communal, civic spaces for the students to enjoy. General functions become less formal moving up this path as we enter the dormitory and athletics zones. Buildings and facilities are surrounded by an abundance of green “pocket” gardens, paths, plazas and other landscape features that students and staff will enjoy and use for relaxation, gathering and communication. 

Client/Design Firm



Urban City

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Concept Design

A Community in Harmony with Nature 
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