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Advance Special Needs Education Center, Cairo, Egypt

Sunday 28 Feb 2010

Sensory perfection

Advance Special Needs Education Center by Progressive Architects in Cairo, Egypt
Progressive Architects, Ashraf H. Tawfik 
Advance Special Needs Education Center by Progressive Architects in Cairo, Egypt Advance Special Needs Education Center by Progressive Architects in Cairo, Egypt Advance Special Needs Education Center by Progressive Architects in Cairo, Egypt Advance Special Needs Education Center by Progressive Architects in Cairo, Egypt
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23/01/11 Kamal, San Antonio, USA
This is a chaotic form, and is neither inviting nor welcoming those kids. Spaces are not considerate of human scale, a basic principle when designing for human interaction and outdoor quality.
09/04/10 Erico, Singapore
Looks like a grade school artwork project! You should have at least shown a better artist work........try to outsource the renderings if you can't show anything better than this.
18/03/10 Nader Tawfik, Dubai,UAE
To my knowledge there aren’t – to date- any elaborate design guidelines addressing the spatial needs of Autistic children. Only the families of those children are aware of the significance of this issue. This project shelters customized solutions aiming to bring comfort to a special human condition. I believe this is what Architecture is all about.
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17/03/10 Ramez Saleh, Cairo
It brings me joy to see this meaningful project acknowledged & on the track of being realized
16/03/10 Heba Soufany, Cairo
It's always positively inspiring to study your conscionsous efforts.Hope these efforts could be invested in various architectural fields.
16/03/10 Tarek Youssef, Cornwall, ON, Canada
Excellent work guys. This group of kids were forgotten in the design, with this design, their needs has been answered. Might not make sence to us "normal" people but it would make sense to them. Ashraf and Magda, who I know pesonally are very creative and undestanding, and this project is the result of that. Thanks.
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16/03/10 Ahmed Mokhtar, Cairo
Great Work and I hope we see more Initiatives of that kind.
Magda and Ashraf: you should really be proud of this . All the best,
Ahmed Mokhtar
16/03/10 Hoda Mostafa, Cairo
Its amazing how design can affect the way kids learn. This seems lik a very positive environment for children with special needs. Inspiring!!!
06/03/10 yasser, Cairo
needs so much development and needs more effort and it looks like year one school project
Award Entry

Advance Special Needs Education Center is the first building to apply 'sensory design theory' to its architecture 

It is estimated that 1 in every 150 children, regardless of colour, class or culture, fall within the spectrum of autism. Despite this overwhelming prevalence, very little information is available on how to design for these unique individuals. This project sets out to begin bridging this gap.

Based on the 'sensory design theory' first published by Special Needs Design Associate, Magda Mostafa, this building is the first to utilise the theory’s concepts. Building on the premise of architecture as a sensory environment and a source of controllable stimulation- spatial organisation, acoustics, texture, colour, pattern and lighting. Principal architect Ashraf Tawfik translates this evidence based research into a creative and conducive environment for children with autism.

Using concepts such as sensory zoning, spatial sequencing & compartmentalisation, transitional sensory space, graduated acoustical treatment and the provision of 'escape' spaces, this husband & wife team, design a building based firmly in research, that utilises the site efficiently to house services for up to 100 students and 200 teachers and administrators.

In addition to classrooms, the design provides therapy areas, a diagnostic centre, sports centre, sensory garden and assisted living residence for up to 20 students. Working closely with the client, this program was carefully developed and organised to create a building that is sustainable in its sensitivity to the unique and complex needs of autism and unique in its creative inclusion of this otherwise largely marginalised user group.

Key Facts

Status Under Construction
Value 0(m€)
Progressive Architects
Reinventing Cities

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