AUS Research and Technology Park
American University of Sharjah, UAE
Completion Q4 2020
AUS Enterprises is an organisation that connects companies with academic research from the American University of Sharjah. The brief was to create a physical hub, in the hope of sparking successful collaborations similar to that of Google/Stanford in the US.
The design narrative is inspired by the falaj irrigation system, which was being used in Sharjah 5,000 years ago by Bronze Age settlers. The falaj system gave life to communities, allowing them to grow crops in the desert. The principle - applying a ground-breaking technology to solve real world problems - is the central mission of AUS Enterprises.
The interior design brings this story to life in multiple ways. It is baked into the core of the building and inspires the circulation and space planning. The building has two distinct atriums, both of which make dramatic design statements. A giant, parametrically designed cloud suspended from the ceiling is the standout design feature of the first atrium. The algorithms used in the design are inspired by the flowing lines of the falaj system, albeit it an abstract way.
The second atrium is the green atrium. Again inspired by the falaj narrative, this explores innovative technologies for growing plants and crops indoors. Not only is this highly sustainable, but is a powerful use of biophilia to positively impact the experience of people using the space.
Winner of the Commercial Interior Design Awards Best Concept of the Year 2018