Masdar Institute of Science and Technology (MIST)

Abu Dhabi, UAE

Masdar Institute of Science and Technology (MIST)

A major public realm design project for The Masdar Institute of Science and Technology, based within the world's first totally green city in Abu Dhabi.

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As part of the wider Masdar City Masterplan, Gillespies worked alongside Foster + Partners to deliver the campus's landscapes and urban realm.

The key aim was to create a public outdoor space that could be used all year round, with emphasis on the summer season. The completed campus consists of a series of walkable streets and courtyard spaces shaded by buildings, trees, and a planting strategy, creating comfortable conditions for pedestrians and contributing to reducing the air temperature.

A dramatic main courtyard — 'the Oasis' — provides the campus with a flexible space suitable for individuals, small groups or large gatherings, with numerous seating areas surrounded by lush planting and gently bubbling water features.


  • 2011 RIBA International Award
  • 2011 British Expertise International Awards: Outstanding International Architecture Project