Orangebox were thrilled to be part of the Heriot-Watt University project located in the bustling Dubai Knowledge Park.
The dedicated campus serves 4,000 students across 218,000 square feet of high-performing learning environments.
Designed by BDP's Glasgow studio, the campus has struck the fine balance between reflecting the university's 200 year legacy in the heart of Edinburgh while also celebrating the dynamism of middle-eastern culture.
Gary Dicken, Architect Director and Abu Dhabi BDP Studio Lead, explains:"Having the client and design teams located in both Scotland and in the UAE enabled a design that is inspired by the local culture and history of both locations whilst also having a modern, global outlook."
"The facility is split into two halves - a rational, orthogonal half inspired by Edinburgh's elegant new town, and an organic half referencing the complexity and vibrancy of Edinburgh's old town. Within the midst of the two halves is a learning landscape called The Park, which functions as the spine of the building and brings nature-based elements into the design."
Orangebox's Smartworking portfolio of products were fully utilised as the campus aimed to connect students from over 103 different countries. Library tables, Coze work & lounge products, Acorn seating, Avi lounge chairs and the Away from the Desk platform have all contributed to a vibrant and eclectic interior design of the campus.
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