For Zayed University, Hadi Teherani and his team at BRT Architects created a large-volume, sculptural structure with dimensions that make the observer think the architects decided to test the limits of what is statically feasible.
Seamless free-form roof
The design combines futuristic architecture, engineering ingenuity and traditional elements. The roof covers the library, the conference centre, the cafeterias and the university administration offices on a site comprising a total area of 100,000 square metres. The particular charm and dynamism of this roofscape lie in the architectural gesture with which it penetrates and shapes the urban space.
When it came to the roof design, it was not a matter of hunting down a suitable random computer-generated shape. Instead, the architects aimed at evoking an association with the veil and capturing the image of desert sand drifting in the wind that dynamically incorporates rigid fixed points. Since autumn 2011, around 6,000 students have been studying at the campus, which covers an area of 80 hectares.