High School for Visual Arts and Design
Our project for the High School of Visual arts and Design in Doha reactivates the oldest remaining school building in Qatar, the former "Qatar Boys Preparatory School".
This design for a new educational facility retains not only the original programmatic identity of the existing historic school on site but also its inherent qualities and public character. To re-enforce this identity we propose to transform the school’s sun beaten courtyard into a covered exterior space.
By placing the bulk of the new school program within an elevated platform that simultaneously protects and shades the existing building a new columned hall is formed. The historic school is at once preserved and complimented in a single stroke through the addition of an efficient new structure that enhances the existing building without diluting its historical identity.