ECO-DESIGN OF THE FRENCH EMBASSY IN DOHA (QATAR) - A BIOCLIMATICAL ARCHITECTURE INSIDE A RESTAURED 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, TEM PARTNERS, RBS, EUROPTIMA
Area : 5 282 m² (plot : 10 320 m²)
Cost : 10 500 000 euros
Date : Wining competition in January 2016/

Project Design completed in 2021

Doha’s embassy responds to a strong desire to protect buildings from high temperatures, offering at the same time a pleasant setting, integrated in its environment. The Northern facade is opened on the garden which was designed like a green valley, giving freshness and protection to the buildings. The valley goes from East to West on the plot. It is composed of palm trees and filtering gardens for used water. The landscaping design constantly communicates with the simplicity of the stonned buildings, giving shade, protection and a welcoming atmospheer to the users.

HQE® achieved targets :

Target 1: harmonious relationship between the buildings and its environment

The major idea is to protect buildings from high temperatures, offering at the same time a pleasant design integrated in its environment. Northern Facades are opened on a garden located in the heart of the plot, designed like a green valley bringing freshness and protection.

 

Target 2: Integrated choices for construction processes

Constructive choices : sustainability, adaptability and
easy maintenance of the materials of construction;
design of an earth insulation wall on the South and
wooden fiber insolation on the northern facades.

 

Target 4: Energy Management

• Renewable energies are used for cooling (earth
pipeline system).
• Thermodynamic system for hot water.
• Low energy consumption for internal and exterior
artificial lighting

 

Target 5: Water Management

• Used water is treated by filtering gardens planted with papyrus, water is then stored into a buried tank,
then it is recycled for sanitary use, cleaning and
irrigation.
• Exceptional rain water will be collected into green roofs; then it will be evaporated and driven into
infiltration wells situated close to each building.
• Porous infrastructure materials : rain water can
easily be infiltrated into the earth.

Energy objectives

40% less than 50 Kw/m²/year have been achieved regarding 2012 thermal regulation standards.

Certifications

HQE© , Exceptional Level.