The SPACE Dubai College, UAE Sports & Performing Arts Centre, GAJ Architecture Images

The SPACE at Dubai College

15 Dec 2020

The SPACE, Dubai College Building

Architects: Godwin Austen Johnson – GAJ

Location: Dubai, UAE

Continuing a relationship which spans 40 years Godwin Austen Johnson (GAJ) has recently completed the new Sports & Performing Arts Centre of Excellence (The SPACE) for the Dubai College.

The Space Dubai College

The all new The SPACE is the most ambitious project of the planned upgrade of the school to date. It is located on a condensed part of the site at the back of the campus and required the demolition of the existing swimming pool and sports hall to free up valuable land for the new 5,500sqm development.

The Space Dubai College

The Space Dubai College

From the outset the 900sqm multi-purpose gym with indoor running track was designed to be a central hub within the SPACE and it occupies most of the ground floor.

The Space Dubai College

It is supplemented by a number of flexible student spaces to foster a relationship between the physical movement and the science behind it allowing teachers to combine the practical with the theory.

The Space Dubai College

Also on the ground floor is a new swimming facility which can be directly accessed from the outside without the need to go through the sports hall. It includes a 300 seat spectator viewing area, electronic touch timing system making it ideal for galas and other water sports events.

The Space Dubai College

On the first floor the 1,100sqm sports hall is designed for two basketball and two netball courts with retractable bleacher style seating for around 500 spectators.

The Space Dubai College

The size of the sports hall and its unique layout with a show court running in the opposite direction to the second court and a dividing curtain allows the school the flexibility and capacity to increase the number of activities and to be able to host large tournaments.

The Space Dubai College

The performing arts was also a key consideration for the SPACE with the creation of a black box drama performance space with seating for 140, drama rooms, music classrooms as well as music practice areas.

The Space Dubai College

A rooftop MUGA court and student café have also been incorporated as well as a unique hall of fame showcasing the achievements of the school.

The Space Dubai College

Photography: Chris Goldstraw

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Location: Dubai, UAE

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