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Solar-Powered Desert Flower Will Be Libya’s First Multifunctional Sports Center

Posted By Lucy Wang On August 21, 2014 @ 4:57 pm In Architecture,carousel showcase,Gallery | No Comments

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Inspired by the colorful flowers found in the Libyan Desert, the Desert Flower sporting center is laid out in the shape of a flower cross-section. The long pistil-like area consists of a covered walkway that connects the main entrance to a large stadium [2], located at the flower’s receptacle region. A semi-elliptical grandstand partially wraps around the central stadium and opens up on one side to provide unique views of the sea.

Related: Henning Larsen Wins Bid to Design Central Bank of Libya in Tripoli [3]

Four large petal-like pods radially branch out from the grandstand and into enclosed sports areas that include a basketball court, covered swimming pool, fitness area, and an auditorium for concerts and conferences. Smaller attached pods house additional food service areas. In addition to the integrated solar panels [4] on the center’s large aluminum panel roof, Desert Flower will be optimized for cross-ventilation to take advantage of cooling sea breezes and reduce dependence on air conditioning. Completion is slated for 2017.

+ Giancarlo Zema Design Group [5]

Images via Giancarlo Zema Design Group [5]

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[3] Related: Henning Larsen Wins Bid to Design Central Bank of Libya in Tripoli: http://http://inhabitat.com/henning-larsen-wins-bid-to-design-central-bank-of-libya-in-tripoli/

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

[5] + Giancarlo Zema Design Group: http://inhabitat.comwww.giancarlozema.com/

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