Al Sahwa Schools is an IB World School authorised to offer the International Baccalaureate
PYP curriculum in the Kindergarten and Elementary sections. Students in the secondary
school follow the International Middle Years Curriculum (IMYC) that leads on to the IGCSE
before completing the General Education Diploma for Bi-Lingual schools.
The school community expressed the idea that FNI should create more than a school; we must
create a community of lifelong learners, and a place that celebrates the arts, culture, and knowledge.
This school creates a destination for the school community, and larger Muscat community,
so the idea of a walk with destinations along it emerged. Functions like the theater, and
gymnasium that will be open to the public after school hours are along the walk. Retail that
meets the needs of teachers, staff, and parents line the other side of the walk. The activity
along the walk creates value, making the retail more viable.
This night view shows the walk as the community might see it using the facilities after hours.
Mixed-use developments like this one creates safety through “eyes-on-the-street” like
at this sidewalk café.
Literally an oasis in the desert, this view of the campus shows the need for shade and
passive cooling features to mitigate the heat and winds.
Public plazas create community, with pools and fountains that are traditional in Omani culture.
These learning communities are separated by gender in a mirror-image design
with a shared entrance.
The clever use of shade creates cooling transitional spaces like the one shown here.
This courtyard just outside a Learning Community employs a lattice shade and water
feature to create a comfortable space for outdoor learning.
This cross-section shows how one courtyard relates to the indoor spaces. Note the Learning
Terrace on the second floor.