After a decade of using temporary teaching spaces in external schools around Bahrain, the Royal Institute of Human Development aims finally to offer a permanent home for the Crown Prince’s International Scholarship and Youth Programs.

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LOCATION: Riffa, Bahrain
CLIENT: Crown Princes' International Scholarship Program, Bahrain
DATE: 2008 - 2012
STATUS: Design Development
SIZE: GIA 3,100 m² including 383 m² Education, 314 m² Multifunctional hall, 523 m² Office, Exterior landscaping and 65 Parking spaces

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ACME: Kevin Chu, Stefano Dal Piva, Sebastian Drewes, Deena Fakhro, Lizy Huyghe, Xiker Leoz, Friedrich Ludewig, Heidrun Schuhmann, Penny Sperbund, Adam Vukmanov

Reflecting the need to provide two different environments -educational and administrative - the programs are divided on two levels. An open ground floor houses all student activities and scholarship functions, while floating above is a more private and cellular mass containing the scholarship offices.

Situated on the Crown Prince’s Royal Court, the building adapts and engages with the richness of Bahrain’s local historic architecture to create a building fitting to this prestigious royal site. The fragile glass facades are wrapped in a shading concrete skin, which varies in density with respect to privacy needs and orientation to the sun.

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