GAJ has won the award for the best Architecture: Public building with the Arcadia School’s secondary campus at last night’s identity Design Awards 2020.
Now in their sixth year the awards received almost 200nominations from the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Lebanon, Kuwait, Egypt and Iran across 14 categories.
New for this year was a separate architecture section featuring categories from residential and commercial buildings to cultural, commercial and hospitality projects.
It was this category that saw GAJ take home the architectural award for the Arcadia School’s secondary campus.
“It is always an honour to be recognised for our work and we are thrilled that the Arcadia School’s secondary campus won the award at the identity Design Awards 2020. Each new school we deliver is tailored to the specific requirements and brand identity of the school and with this one we wanted to ensure brand consistency and a design approach to support the ethos and visual identity of Arcadia,” said Jason Burnside, partner at Godwin Austen Johnson.
The new secondary school is the second school designed and built by the firm as part of a series of community-based schools for Arcadia Education. The award-winning Arcadia School’s Primary Campus, designed and built by GAJ, was handed over in 2016.
Located within Dubai’s Jumeirah Village Triangle close to the primary school the orientation of the new secondary campus and functions within it have been optimised to exploit the view out over the central Jumeirah Village Triangle Park.
It covers a total teaching space of 6000 sqm including the classrooms, shared learning and labs. The ancillary facilities which includes the library, music and dance rooms cover an area of 1500 sqm.