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King's Ely Octagon : Dubai

How do you translate the vision and values of an historic British school into an interior design concept for one in Dubai? Balancing tradition with ambition, our work for King’s Ely Octagon School was inspired by its ancient roots in Cambridge.
Dubai is a global hub of innovation, culture and growth. The new school sits right at the heart of this dynamic city, but with links back to one of the oldest schools in the world – King’s Ely in Cambridge – Space Zero decided to mine its rich history for inspiration. Juxtaposing heritage with the brand’s strong vision for the future, our initial concept for their experiential design strategy was formed. We proposed the use of key elements from this context to distil an essence of the school environment, values, innovation and vision that can be blended not only with the proposed King’s Ely Octagon in Dubai, but with any of the future schools in the Octagon vision.

King’s Ely Octagon School, Dubai will have a music specialism, taught throughout each school year. Space Zero are creating a large music department over two floors, made up of multiple music practice rooms, as well as ensemble spaces, areas for music technology and recording studios. There will also be three black boxes for performances and a 600 seat auditorium linked to the drama department under the school’s performing arts umbrella.

History, innovation and culture – the interior design of the new school will pay homage to these three distinctive influences to offer a state-of-the-art learning environment.

“Space Zero provided an excellent interior design service on the King’s Ely Octagon school project, from over all design, definition of proposed products, spatial arrangements to palette selection. The service was extremely comprehensive during the design stages – I have found Space Zero’s work and ideas to be both creative and functional, surpassing the client’s brief. They strive to satisfy – and do so!”
Kevin Offin, Managing Director at Graphite International Architects