Salahaddin University – Erbil, Iraq
Working in Dar Al Handasah, Nader Gebran, along with a large team of architects, have worked on the creation and implementation of Salahaddin University project where the architectural goals of the campus are rooted in sustainability and regional culture. The campus master plan incorporates proven urban and campus design principles that establish the campus life around a central core that serves a closely knit academic neighbourhoods. Taking cues from icons such as the Citadel and Minaret, the architecture references historical patterns through modern interpretations while using readily available materials common in the region. Located just outside the city of Erbil, the new Salahaddin University draws on the rich heritage of Erbil as well as providing a new destination for the city and the region. The administrative complex recalls the form of the Citadel and Minaret, creating an existing and iconic environment, it is the front door to the campus and a lantern that glows at night, providing another symbol of Kurdistan and Erbil.
The new Salahaddin University in Erbil unites a collection of disparate campuses into a cohesive state-of-art University with a strong identity. The master plan and architectural language connect different colleges of study into one system of schools, housing, open spaces, and linkages. Colleges flank the north and south sides of the core with each having access to the central gathering space.
Housing and campus utility infrastructure components are located outside of the campus loop as a clear organizational strategy. The campus is planned to serve 40.000 students.
SUSTAINABILITY – Classrooms are oriented North-South throughout the campus as a sustainable strategy in order to reduce solar heat gain while maximizing natural daylighting. As a result, facades are treated differently throughout the neighbourhood in order to respond to a particular orientation. South-facing facades have slight projections and overhangs to reduce glare while North-facing facades are more transparent. East and West facades are more solid, using punched window patterns that recall the ancient architecture of the Kurdish region.