Al Ain University Competition(1987)

Al Ain, United Arab Emirates
Sheik Aid bin Naraya, Minister of Education



The Al Ain University was conceived with an axial plan, crossing axes at the entries to the various faculties. Particularly important was the need to weave the existing buildings of the University into the plan. Courtyards, some internalized and climate controlled, became the focus of the architecture, and were protected from the environment by high walls and overhead trellises. The axial plan is broken only by the various "prayer" spaces, or Mosques, which turn in the direction of Mecca. Particularly important to the projet were the series of gates at the axial entry points, giving the project its outward architectural richness.

Project Breakdown

Drawings: 89

Comment: Competition submission, unbuilt