OUTWARD BOUND, DESERT CENTRE
Located within the Wahaiba Sands desert of Oman, the Outward Bound Desert Centre provides a central focus and gathering space for the Outward Bound Program. The design points to a protected central courtyard, to reconnecting people with their environment, and provides essential facilities to support challenges and research in unfamiliar settings. A careful consideration of materiality, climate, context and accommodation requirements provides protection from the elements by day and allows the uninterrupted sky to be enjoyed by night. Developed in close collaboration with the client, an authentic sense of place associated with the regional desert architecture is fostered by creating an intimacy between the building and its landscape.