Academic Building

  • Location Dilijan, Armenia
  • Services Architecture, Interior Design, FF&E
  • Area 150,000 sq ft
  • Completion Aug. 2014

The Academic Building is a part of the UWC Dilijan College Campus, designed by TFA, and is situated on 88 hectares of land located within the National Park of Dilijan. This internationally recognised project received the following international awards:

  • First BREEAM certified building in Armenia
  • Trendsetting Architecture award (IGRA Green Roofs), 2015
  • European Property award, 2015
  • Selected for AJ Architecture Tomorrow gallery at MIPIM UK, 2015
  • Silver World Winner of the FIABCI Prix d‘Excellence, 2016
  • Participation in Moscow Biennale, 2016

Tim Flynn also received a  personal medal of honour from Armenian president Serzh Sargsyan.

UWC Dilijan’s architectural design brief was to create a school that encourages collaborative learning with classrooms and support spaces promoting self-motivated learning and curiosity. Located within the National Park of Dilijan, sustainable and responsible architecture and landscaping of the school campus aimed at preserving the local eco-system and the harmony of the natural setting.

The school campus has been designed to ensure that the buildings are not only sustainable and efficient but also locally maintainable and environmentally friendly and renewable technologies are being used. Green roofs and living walls will serve several purposes for a building, such as absorbing rainwater, providing insulation, creating a habitat for wildlife, and helping to lower air temperatures in summer and insulate in winter. UWC Dilijan College is one of the first schools in the world to cover such large areas of its façade with 4750 sqm meters of green roof and 1500 sqm of living walls made of vegetation from the surrounding forests.

The main school buildings of Dilijan consist of the administration building, the general classrooms, science and art block and the learning centre which includes the library, IT department, and group presentation pods.
The massing and architecture of the building is broken up into three specific areas and functions: 1) learning hub; 2) office block; 3) educational facilities. All generous internal spaces are intended for use by students for private study, collaboration and relaxation.

Externally the architecture includes living walls, green roofs and the local Armenian tufa stone.
Internally, the school academic buildings are designed with two atrium spaces that create internal courtyards and circulation spaces for the students to study and relax. The atrium spaces are fully covered with a concertina shaped glazed roof.

Tim Flynn Architects was also responsible for the interior design and fit-out of all areas.