Aga Khan Academy
PROJECT VALUE | $30 million PROJECT SIZE | 100,000 square feet
PROJECT SCOPE | FNDA entered an international competition against 17 other firms before being awarded the contract. Our firm won by proposing a new way of looking at this academic campus. The project facilities included lecture theatres, classrooms, laboratories, administrative areas, seminar rooms, professional development centre for teacher training, amphitheatre, squash and tennis courts, swimming pool, cafeteria and library.
UNIQUE FEATURES | The overall campus took its cues from East African coastal towns which are pedestrian and conduct business with the outside world by watercraft arriving at a promenade where the mercantile buildings reside. This analogy formed the basis of the design of this project. The classroom modules design drew on the strong Swahili culture of the region to establish a vocabulary for the architecture, interior design and embellishment. The environmental features employed include rain water harvesting from roofs and courtyards, use of solar hot water heading and LED lights.