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Al Zaim Secondary School in Suwayrah
Location
Suwayrah
Country
Iraq

Architect/Engineer/Team
Qahtan Awni

Construction
1961

Project Status
Built
Building Type
School

Notes
The school was actually built on a piece of land offered by Abdel Karim Qassem, one of the founders of the Rebublic of Iraq and its first prime minister.
Here, Qahtan Awni applies Le Corbusier's five points of architecture: the building partially stands on pilotis, allowing a free designing of the different floors. The windows are horizontal, cut along the whole length of the east (front) and west (rear) façades and the roof is flat.
The school hall is distinguished with its barrel vault. An underground tunnel leads to a library located accross the street.

In his writing about this school, Khaled Sultany credits Awni for bringing such modern architecture to remote areas outside of Baghdad where its proliferation was understandable.
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Source: Khaled Al Sultany

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