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Renovated and readapted building of a decommissioned school, based on a mid-1970s typology that can be seen in many educational facilities across Sharjah, whose features include: repetitive flat vaulted bays, perforated screens and covered walkways, modular classroom units alternating with a series of open spaces, iconic water towers, and gentle earth tones enlivening concrete surfaces.
Al Qasimiyah School houses the Sharjah Triennial offices, as well as exhibition galleries, lecture hall, and library, among other spaces. The building also contains several landscaped and covered courtyards.
The Triennial moved into the building in 2018. In an effort to preserve the modern heritage of Sharjah, as well as demonstrate an example of adaptive reuse of an existing building, the Triennial took on the challenge of renovating the abandoned school, transforming it into a vibrant cultural institution that is welcoming and open to the public.
SAT Design Store showcases both local and regional designers with environmentally-conscious and socially-responsible practices. The Café & Restaurant Abayomi prepares delicacies of African & African Diaspora Cuisine.
© Texts: Sharjah Architecture Triennial.
© Photos: Haupt & Binder, Universes in Universe.