The concept takes into account the educational philosophy of the school. It is also in accordance with the precepts of the United Nations project in Yemen, which encouraged the use of local materials and building methods. The design, whilst being innovative, has resulted in a building that is Yemeni in character, and related to the locality, as well as to the cultural aspirations of the Yemeni people. A feature of Yemeni architecture, with coloured glass set in gypsum framing, is used in the school in the traditional manner as infilling to the arched openings over windows and doors.
Source: Aga Khan Trust for Culture