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42 Abu Dhabi wins prestigious interior design award

Our groundbreaking coding school, 42, for the Abu Dhabi Department of Education and Knowledge (ADEK), has won the Commercial Interior Design Award for a public sector building.

Held at the JW Marriott Marquis Dubai on 15 September the 15th annual Commercial Interior Design Awards celebrate the very best in creative design for recently completed projects in the United Arab Emirates.


In line with the UAE-France strategic partnership, and as part of the Ghadan 21 accelerator programme, the Abu Dhabi Department of Education and Knowledge (ADEK) collaborated with 42 to launch the new school, the first of its kind in the GCC.

By making coding education accessible to everybody, the school will contribute to Abu Dhabi’s vision of a tech-enabled future, in which it plays a prominent role in solving global challenges.

Our award winning design is a mix of comfortable learning areas and connected technology workspaces in an industrial warehouse environment, and an ideal place for students to think critically, work in groups and create.

Peer learning is at the heart of the design, with learning spaces clustered in the centre of the school, surrounded by casual meeting spaces that stimulate creative interaction between the students.


The campus is a subtle adaptation of the 42 guidelines, adjusting them to the context of Abu Dhabi and its creative district location, while ensuring the ethos and fundamentals of the 42 brand shine through. 

Head of Abu Dhabi studio, Gary Dicken, explains: “42 Abu Dhabi is a campus which truly enhances two-way, collaborative learning. We wanted to create a facility that enables coders, thinkers, and passionate learners to really harness their skills. The context of the industrial warehouse district gave us a canvas on which to paint an innovative, vibrant, practical building which provides a variety of spaces, welcomes all types of learners and motivates growth and excellence in Abu Dhabi. We are so pleased that our design has been recognised with this national award.”


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