aXon Academic Campus Education City
Location: Ar-Rayyān, Al Rayyan, Qatar
Considering the influence of the climate and the need for enhancing informal academic interaction, the aXon Academic Campus utilizes small scale planning and massing considerations to go beyond the normal focus on general program designations and exterior spatial hierarchies. The primary insight centers around the occupancy of small outdoor rooms which, when partially covered, assist with the creation of micro-climates and reduce cooling loads on buildings. In effect a convergent solution to both the live/learn and ecological requirements which affect the overall planning scale and pattern.
The conceptual pattern of aXon housing emphasizes a boldly perforated network of finely scaled open spaces with omnidirectional filtering of light, people and circulation. The pattern emulates the aggregation of courtyards typical of village fabrics emerging over centuries. Two main spatial axes provide orientation and wayfinding. The east-west entrance axis relates to Education Citys central mall. The north-south axis forms a linear plaza spine collecting and linking the four corners of the village. Like the complex pattern of a traditional screen, the aXon plan distributes amenities in an informal array, creating nexuses of social and educational interaction. The main educational and common spaces are embedded at the geographical center of the complex with gated access to the four visually private neighborhoods.