Haya Cultural center


Location: Amman, Jordan
Year: 2010
Area: Site at 30,000 m2 Built-up area at 12,000 m2
Service: Architecture Preliminary Design, Architecture, Engineering, Interior Design, Product Design, Master Planning, Infrastructure, Landscape Design, Contract Documents, and Project Costing.

2K’s architectural competition winning design for the renovation and expansion of the Princes Haya Cultural Center in Amman was developed from Concept Stage to Tender Documentation. Responding to the Client brief to renovate and expand the existing children’s learning and cultural center in Amman, 2K undertook a detailed analysis of the existing facilities in order to fully understand the factors that had attributed to its success and establishment as a cornerstone of the Kingdom’s cultural offerings. With these guiding principles, 2K sought to enhance the development in a way to ensure that the new Center would successfully serve future generations of Jordanian children.

Identifying the site’s role as one of the sole green areas within the city, the design approach has been to enhance this quality of the site as a natural retreat in a dense urban setting. In supplementing this concept, the building accommodation is split up and housed in various components resembling simple, recognizable objects, arranged seemingly randomly within the park; much like a child’s toys or building blocks, scattered across the bedroom floor. Furthermore, the 10,000m² built up area, and the outdoor spaces it encloses, are sunken into the site, both reducing their visual impact and creating a sense of enclosure and shelter from the surrounding congested streets and commercial activities.

The Center components consist of an Existing Building; which has been converted to a library and interactive learning center, the Teaching Blocks; where students may attend classes in Dance, Drama, Music and Art, the Life Skills Zone; a miniature town with shops and services in which children may interactively learn the value of work and reward, and finally the Auditorium; which is designed for use by both the Haya Cultural Center and as an independent cultural venue serving the city.
One of 2K’s primary objectives was to design a successful teaching environment by providing facilities that would allow the greatest flexibility in teaching methods. The provision of formal, informal and interactive teaching zones throughout the Center played a central role in providing a high quality learning environment for the prestigious Haya Cultural Center.