Below a few images from my recent visit to photograph the very sensational ‘Qatar National Convention Centre’ (QNCC) which achieved an impressive ‘LEED Gold’ sustainability award under the US Green Building Council sustainability award system!

Designed by Japanese architect Arata Isozaki, the Qatar National Convention Centre, which opened in 2011, features nearly 40,000 sq meters of exhibition space without pillars divisible into 7 halls.  The flexibility of the building offers the capacity for a conference or gala dinner for 10,000 guests.  There is a dedicated multi-purpose hall for 4,200 guests.  In the convention centre, there is a 2,500-seat auditorium, a 500-seat theatre, an auditorium with capacity for 300-472 delegates. It is one of the largest convention centres in the Middle East. The roof contains 3,600 m2 of solar panels which  supplies about 12.5% of the buildings total energy needs.

The stunning architectural design is centred around a steel replica of the Sidra tree. Traditionally, the Sidra tree was a retreat for poets and scholars, who gathered beneath its branches to discuss and impart knowledge. The QNCC also recently won the much coveted title of ‘Middle East’s Leading Exhibition & Convention Centre’ by World Travel Awards (WTA) 2012.