The vision of the promoters & the closely knit community of Safa Private School is to create a new British School that will emerge and stand out as a premier educational institute in Dubai, UAE. Safa Community School is a new 2,000 student school that will be located in Dubailand, adjacent to the miracle garden within the Al Barsha district. Located on the edge of Umm Sequiem Road, the site is very prominent and can be viewed from multiple sides. The building form itself maximizes the opportunities on the site, creating a stunning public frontage. Commanding views to the Miracle Garden have been afforded from the main sports and performing art zones. The external decks ensure that all teaching spaces have good connections to the outdoors. The strategic location of the Global Learning Centre with all the co-curricular activities, indoor sports, theatre, cafetorium, Media Resource Centre enables the accessibility for students, teachers and parents alike.
The orientation and relationship of the massing and open spaces has been carefully considered to maximize the effect of daylight and cross ventilation. The learning communities are characterized by the indoor and outdoor connections with design elements creating large shaded external areas for each block. Movement and access to the site is very simple, either arriving on foot or by car and this sense of arrival is heightened with the provision of green space and communal areas. Each of the academic blocks has been designed with multiple entrances for different year groups to draw people in from the central street and to minimize congestion at any one point of the building.
The project is conceptualized to be completed in three phases which will facilitate a 21st century learning environment.