Cultural And Social Centre At Al Dhakira

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Cultural And Social Centre At Al Dhakira

For project description see also please image 13 below. The Qatar Olympic Committee wanted to built this center for the youth in Al Dhakira, a remote place 60 km away from the capital Doha, to strenghten relations between sports and community and support the social, cultural and education work as well. The foundation stone was laid with attendance of the sheikh Saoud Bin Abdulrahman Al Thani, the secretary-general of QOC and Wilfried Lemke, general advisor of the UN secretary-general on sport for development and peace. The center consists mainly of a multi purpose hall and an outdoor exercise football pitch, a gym, a library and a cafeteria as well as staff accomodation. Later during the project execution an outdoor swimming pool with changing room building was added. The architectural concept shows some global and some local influences. The building arrangment opens in a welcome gesture to the visitors. A traditional arched arcade gives shadow to the outside places of the cafeteria and its roof parapet is influenced from the traditional gulf architecture. As a reminder of the popularity of tents come the designed shed sails. The two inclined gable walls in the front elevation have a sculptural window relief inspired by local traditional pattern. for the dimension of the multi-purpose hall were olympic games conditions required. The client was open minded and we could create a dynamic swinging building complex with partly deconstructive painted elevations (to scale down the whole complex) and indicate leisure architecture. Some designed details were taken only as suggestion during the construction process. Materials were chosen as much as possible from the local market and all the rooms have natural light to meet LEED requirements. The multi-purpose hall is laid out with acoustic panels in coloured abstract pattern. The furniture has been chosen colourful and outside paints have the dessert colours.

Dipl.-eng. architect Birgit Hammoodi Hammoodi & Partner 

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