Arata Isozaki Architects
The Ceremonial Court provides a multi-functional open-air setting for the celebration of special events such as graduation ceremonies, lectures and music concerts. Two settings are provided: a formal stage area to the south with a seating capacity of 3,000, and an informal amphitheater style seating arrangement for up to 3,000 people to the north of the venue. The facility, which has a gross floor area of 1,880 square meters, is located in the central zone of the campus, adjacent to Al Shaqab Academy and at the end of the central green spine.
The Ceremonial Court consists of two courtyards with a three meter level difference between them, bounded by a shaded, glass reinforced, concrete panel pergola system on three sides and leading to a stage located in the center of the southern boundary of the facility. There is a reflecting pool on the northern side which separates two grand entry stairways, preceded by palm tree courtyards, which are connected via a series of steps and ramps. Another attractive feature of this area are two 30 meter high lighting towers located at the level change between the higher and lower courtyards. The facilities and amenities include private majlis for VIPs, north and south stage venues and performer dressing areas.