Designed by Michigan-based Yamasaki Architects, the Qatar Convention Center is slated to open in 2011. The $720 million dollar convention center will cater to 7,000 delegates and feature 10 conference and performance venues, including a 4,000 seat conference hall and a 2,500 seat theater.
The stunning design of the convention center is centered around a steel replica of a Sidra tree. An icon in Qatari culture, the Sidra tree is the symbol symbolizes a “haven of learning” for the region. As well as hosting conferences and exhibitions, the center will also be a venue for local and international music and arts festivals.
The striking 177,000 square meter (.68 sq mile) structure is seeking a LEED Gold Rating, a first for a building of its type in the region. The building will feature 3,700 square meters (40,000 sq feet) of solar panels, which will provide around 12% of the building's total power. The center is also equipped with occupancy sensors, water-efficient fixtures, LED lighting, carbon dioxide monitors, and variable air-volume systems that will minimize the use of resources and improve the indoor air quality of the space.