located within doha‘s education city, the texas A&M engineering college by LEGORRETA combines two main buildings, the academic quadrangle and the research octagon, with a variety of public spaces such as bridges, arcades, courtyards, fountains and vegetation, that create welcoming, informal places for faculty and students. the two buildings, connected by an atrium, are designed as simple geometric forms that respond to the local climate with minimum openings and, in some cases, double-skin facades that minimize heat entering through the walls. the project, captured here by greek photographer pygmalion karatzas, features a series of playful facades, such as the exterior skin of the academic quadrangle, designed as a lattice in the shape of the college logo, which is also the plan of the building.

LEGORRETA completes engineering college in doha with pastel-hued geometric façades
all photos © pygmalion karatzas

 

 

LEGORRETA has designed the college buildings to provide an interior social life while protected from the desert climate of doha. using insulating glass to block UV radiation and external, as well as internal, louvers to allow natural light in but avoid heat gain, the mexican architecture studio has created welcoming, comfortable spaces with multi-story courtyards, patios, large stairs, and skylights. encouraging interaction and communication, informal communal areas feature a multicolored palette,  intricate textures, light and shadow effects, vegetation, and water elements. 

LEGORRETA completes engineering college in doha with pastel-hued geometric façades
exterior view

 

 

located on the eastern part of the site, the academic quadrangle is mainly reserved for teaching, containing classrooms, administration offices, and a central tower that houses computer labs, student lounge areas, prayer rooms, and a two-story library. lecture halls, classrooms, and the main entrance each occupy a separate tower volume, located south, north, and east, respectively. on the site’s west side, the research octagon of the texas A&M engineering college is dedicated to research on the environment and production and utilization of natural resources, and includes the graduate student and researcher offices and laboratories. 

playful facades protect interior spaces from the desert climate

LEGORRETA completes engineering college in doha with pastel-hued geometric façades
courtyards combine water elements, vegetation and bright colors


exterior views


brightly-colored communal spaces


vegetation and open courtyards create informal social spaces


detail of one of the towers


skylight detail


patterns on the facade

plenty of natural light enters the interior through insulated glass skylights

 

 

 

project info:

 

 

location: education city, doha, qatar


area: 592,015 sqft


client: qatar foundation and qatar petroleum


architects: legorreta + legorreta

associate architect: francisco cortina


executive architect: halcrow consulting engineers and architects ltd.


interior design: legorreta + legorreta and hamilton design


landscape: cracknell landscape architects


 

 

 

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edited by: sofia lekka angelopoulou | designboom

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