ECO-CONSTRUCTION OF THE FRENCH EMBASSY AND AMBASSADOR’S RESIDENCE IN DOHA (QATAR) - THE GREEN VALLEY)

Client : Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Location : Doha (Qatar)
Project : Construction of the French diplomatic campus
Mission consultant : MATTA CONTRACTING QATAR, SUD ARCHITECTES, AR ARCHITECTES, AUBERGER-FAVRE, RBS, EUROPTIMA
Area : 5 282 m² (plot : 10 320 m²)
Cost : 10 000 000 € HT
Date : Wining competition in January 2016

Doha’s embassy responds to a strong desire to protect buildings from high temperatures, offering in the same time a pleasant setting integrated in its environment. Facades thus open themselves on a garden in the heart of the site, designed like a green valley bringing freshness and protection. The valley goes from East to West, composed of palm groves and filtering ponds for sewage water. The landscaping is constantly communicating with the simplicity of the stoned building, giving shade protection and a welcoming aspect to the users.

Treated HQE® targets :

Target 1: harmonious relationship between the buildings with its surroundings

  • Establishment: tree-filled screen south, clear heart block

  • Position rules of buildings: denseness of the embassy and the residence, leaving a free center part

  • Outdoors area’s quality for users: best views on natural areas, room designed with natural sunlight

 

Target 2: Integrated choices for construction procediors

  • Constructive choices: sustainability, adaptability and easy maintenance of the construction materials

 

Target 4: Energy Managment

  • Building orientation: North/South orientation with a more closed South facade to protect it from the Sun

  • Optimum thermal insulation: earth wall or wood fiber, thick walls

  • Refreshment/Heating: Earth tubes, inner pond and water/air heat pump, solar panels and thermodynamic for water treating

 

Target 5: Water Managment

  • Waste water treatment and condensate water : filtering pond by phytopurification, planted with adapted plants

  • Water reuse: storage tank for sanitary uses and irrigation.

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