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Qatar National Convention Center Goes for LEED Gold

Posted By Jorge Chapa On February 8, 2010 @ 12:42 am In Architecture,Sustainable Building | 5 Comments

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When most of us think of convention centers [1], we think of big empty spaces that are certainly not very environmentally friendly. That’s not the case for the next generation of centers — case in point, the very cool looking Qatar National Convention Center [2]. The striking 177,000 square meter structure is seeking a LEED Gold Rating, a first for a building of its type in the region. When it’s completed next year the center will boast 3,700 square meters of solar panels in addition to a host of other resource-saving features.

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The Qatar Convention Center [1] was designed by Yamasaki Architects [3], is based on a concept design by Arata Isozaki, and has a total budget of 720 million dollars. The building’s most iconic feature will be a massive steel representation of a Sidra Tree that supports the external canopy of the building and serves as its main entrance.

The building will feature 3,700 square meters of solar panels [4], which will provide around 12% of the building’s total power. The choice to go with solar energy makes a lot of sense, granted the region’s sunny arid climate. The center is also fitted out with occupancy sensors, water-efficient fixtures, LED lighting [5], carbon dioxide monitors, and variable air-volume systems that minimize the use of resources and improve the indoor air quality of the space.

The convention center is slated to open in 2011.

+ Qatar National Convention Center [1]

+ Yamasaki Architects [3]


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[1] convention centers: http://www.inhabitat.com/2009/09/25/mad-unveils-taichung-convention-center-with-solar-eco-skin/

[2] Qatar National Convention Center: http://www.qatarconvention.com/home.aspx

[3] Yamasaki Architects: http://www.yamasakiinc.com/

[4] solar panels: http://www.inhabitat.com/solar-power/

[5] LED lighting: http://www.inhabitat.com/tag/led/

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