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IAA / Symbiosis Designs LTD

  • 01:00 - 10 July, 2011
IAA / Symbiosis Designs LTD
IAA / Symbiosis Designs LTD, © Zooey Braun
© Zooey Braun

© Zooey Braun © Zooey Braun © Zooey Braun © Osman Akuz +21

  • Architects

  • Location

    Amman, Jordan
  • Architects

    Symbiosis Designs LTD
  • Project team

    Khalid Nahhas, Ramiz Ayoub, Randa Abu Rayyan, Khalid Shannak, Nisreen Al Far, Nidaa Tayyem, Jawad Hamdan, Lina Asa’d, Faiha Khazna Katbi, Onur Lambaz, Amira Qattawi, Ramiz Abu Mahfouz, Katrina Najjar, Abdel-Qader Tarabieh, Widyan Al Khaldi
  • Structural Engineer

    DIMCO
  • Mechanical Engineer

    Spectrum Mep. Consulting Engineers
  • Electrical Engineer

    Spectrum
  • Area

    105000.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2009
  • Photographs

The IAA is a new fresh perspective on the educational built environment. It is a leap forward from a utilitarian building type to an intrinsically didactic environment that holds emotional equity, identity and intuitive purpose beyond the text books and the classrooms.

© Zooey Braun
© Zooey Braun

Age related themes that complement education are integrated in the gardens of this community-village configuration of buildings. Themes begin with laughter and kinder-ship gardens and end with introspective moon watching and the profundity of legacy gardens. At the gates, four giant sculptures stand within a designed garden representing the core values of the school. Deep red cherry trees are planted sporadically to offer shading for the stone benches beneath as well as visually demark the start of the “garden village”. The administrative building, at the school gate, offers a colorful art gallery in its initial entrance zone appeasing the typical overwhelming institutional feel most schools project.

© Ghassan Aqel
© Ghassan Aqel

All buildings through their forms, materials, and natural light project dual expressions; old vernacular heritage at one end and modern progressive at the other extreme. The stone, as a primary material, is used in two different languages, cut roughly and assembled densely to reflect the vernacular expression; while on the other reciprocal opposite, stone is cut sharply and laid out seamlessly to reflect modernity in unison with the more current steel shading louvers installed at the furthest edge of the same façades.

© Zooey Braun
© Zooey Braun

All buildings’ skylines unite in expression through their wind catching towers. The towers, not only ground the buildings with their visual weight, but they also contribute to the rigor of rhythmic play needed in such expansive internal spaces and environment. The wind towers are the insignia of the IAA. While they pay respect to the environment by utilizing passive energy, they are also a new architectural reinterpretation of the traditional tower expressed in a solemn manner unique to the school. The stone projects a sense of longevity and timelessness, while the wooden louvers give warmth and subtle articulation needed to express sophistication and attention to detail as spirits the school stands for. Internally, the wind towers present interruptions with offerings of natural light, natural breeze and water fountains – pleasant demarcations along the expansive internal circulation.

© Osman Akuz
© Osman Akuz
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Eklego Design · June 10, 2012

Using local materials like stone & local methods like wind catchers,they made this beautiful project. IAA, Amman,Jordon http://t.co/l6gci0vX

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Kyle · July 12, 2011

very nice. Buildings like this are a plessure to learn and go to school in.

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Sadia Hayat · July 11, 2011

WAOOOOOOOOOOOOOOW..... AMAZING DESIGN, CONSTRUCTION AND IDEAS.... LOVE THIS PROJECT........... LOVE THE STONE... VERY VERY WELL DONE

ariana roberts · July 11, 2011

beautiful;i wonder how much maintenance is needed to keep this clean though.

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