ROYAL ISLAMIC UNIVERSITY OF MALAYSIA, CYBERJAYA
LOCATION: CYBERJAYA, MALAYSIA
STATUS: MAIN CAMPUS COMPLETED
Royal Islamic University is the first part of the wider Cyberjaya masterplan to be realized and creates an educational focus for the entire programme. Our design for the new Royal Islamic University of Malaysia is inspired by the Islamic values from religious institutions, which come from Madinah and Makkah. Like Madinah and Makkah, our design provides a close connection between religion and academia.
In our scheme, a highly articulated main building (campus) is organised within a cool, quiet central courtyard with water pools. The buildings surround a central courtyard, a grand social space which also forms the natural spatial sense of the building’s environmental strategy. As the yellow colour symbolizes hierarchy and status in the royal institution, the dome of each building is in a bright yellow.
Minarets between buildings are inspired by the Great Mosque of Mecca where minarets are seen as one of the important characteristics of Islamic architecture. Whilst the main building that houses office, cafeterias and scheduled classes, the building is surrounded by four isolated campuses, to be used for classes and events.