The design of American University of Sharjah conceptual project is a solution to a client requirement of an ergonomic and unusual space that will encourage thinking and stimulate students creativity. The multi-functional design is open, full of natural light, with a variety of different furnishings that offers flexibility to different user groups.
To adapt atrium to the end-user needs, we have categorised these spaces and divided them into public, semiprivate and private areas.
For the dominant accent, we have proposed the creation of multi-level agora which will be the meeting place that encourages discussion and reflection.
It mimics a park with the execution of floor materials: stone and concrete and wooden resting areas. The decorative lighting and greenery are separating additional zones in the atrium.
The over-exposed, underwater kinetic sculptures, and the form of the clouds above, add character to the place and support the acoustics of the open area.
This atrium gives a feeling of space, height and openness. The clouds, trees and materials are brought in from the exterior into the interior breaking boundaries in the architecture.