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The Jafar Centre

Dubai College, Dubai, UAE


Dubai College


Dubai, UAE






Architecture: Public Building | identity design 2023

Social Infrastructure Project of the Year | MEED 2023

Desgn Education of the Year | Design Middle East Awards 2023

Built over 5200 sqm the Jafar Centre is a collaborative, connected building where boundaries are dispensed with, and blended learning encouraged. It is a progressive and flexible learning centre that puts sustainability and the environment firmly at its heart.

Godwin Austen Johnson - Dubai College - C-hub - AJPG - 4
The Jafar Centre Dubai College 2

There are several key areas on the ground floor designed to bring students together to study, socialise or for group activities. The first is a large floorplate garden that sits in the central atrium with several different zones radiating out from it. An open plan library is a study of free flow allowing students to wander in and out unrestrained, and a café provides a social area that connects directly to the outdoors. 


The collaborative theme of the design is clearly evidenced throughout the building with the introduction of moveable walls between the classrooms which allow users to connect spaces when required or create more focused study areas providing a greater degree of flexibility.