Location: Bahrain
Date: 2008 - 2011
Client: Crown Prince’s International Scholarship Program, Bahrain
Status: Design Development
Size: 3,100 m2
Credits: ACME Team (Kevin Chu, Stefano Dal Piva, Sebastian Drewes, Deena Fakhro, Lizy Huyghe, Xiker Leoz, Friedrich Ludewig, Heidrun Schuhmann, Penny Sperbund, Adam Vukmanov)

After a decade of using temporary teaching spaces in external schools around Bahrain, the Royal Institute of Human Development aims to finally offer a permanent home for the Crown Prince’s International Scholarship and Youth Programs. Reflecting the need to provide two different environments, educational versus 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 evolves on the richness of Bahrain’s local historic architecture to create a building fitting to this prestigious royal site, both climatically and typologically. Courtyards filter cool daylight through both levels while four wind towers and geothermal cooling enhance the building’s natural ventilation. The vulnerable glass facades are also wrapped in a shading concrete skin, which varies in density along the elevations depending on orientation to the sun and privacy.