Client Doha College
Location Doha, Qatar
Status On site
Jestico + Whiles is designing an entirely new campus for Doha College at their newly acquired Al-Wajba site in Doha. Won through international design competition, Jestico + Whiles has developed proposals for a world-class facility that will represent the pinnacle of international school design and will accommodate the most innovative learning methods for 2,500 pupils aged 3 to 18.
The architectural solution is based on the notion of a school for all ages ‘under one roof’, with a common entrance and dedicated zones for primary and secondary schools. The design adapts the essence of a ‘British’ school to the sands of the Arabian Peninsula.
Through our development of the vision into a masterplan the team sought to transfer educational expertise and technology from the UK to the Doha specific climate.
The proposal responds to the prevailing wind and solar geometry of the site to promote a design solution that at different times of the year can employ varying degrees of passive and active technologies to provide a comfortable and inspiring internal learning environment. The students very much promoted this sustainable component of the brief.
'On the journey to completing the design, Jestico + Whiles was always able to go the extra mile to meet and understand their client's requirements. Working with an architect that tries to get to the bottom of a client's requirements rather than dictating a solution is one of their strengths.'
Bill Waller, Doha College.