Technically Morocco is in Africa, but most people think of this mysterious country as being in the Middle East. This is Foster & Partner’s first project in that country, and maybe one of their most beautiful. This dramatic domed bank features several ancient Arabic design techniques and a unique geothermal system that keeps it cool in summers.
This gorgeous lattice-domed parliament building in Abu Dhabi was designed by Ehrlich Architecture. By incorporating passive solar design and unique desert architectural techniques, the firm has ensured that this super efficient parliament building won’t use up all of the Emirate’s own energy.
Scau from France collaborated with Moroccan-based Archi Design to give the national football team a brand new, sustainable stadium. Concrete fin-like structures promote natural ventilation and passive design keeps the building nice and cool. This stadium is expected to be complete by 2013.
No one was more surprised than us to learn that the hot desert country Qatar won the bid to host 2022 Soccer World Cup, but a host of brand new solar-powered stadiums featuring cutting edge technology afforded by the country’s remarkable oil wealth will ensure that the fans don’t pass out from the heat.