18. September 2012
The emirate of Qatar combines technological progress and Arabian tradition like virtually no other country in the Persian Gulf. However, the small state with an area of just 11,500 square kilometres is also at the very forefront when it comes to education and sustainable architecture. In the capital Doha, students from across the globe study at branches of the world’s leading universities on the Education City campus. Two new student residence halls with an area of over 1,000 hectares are setting international standards for sustainability with the highest level of LEED certification available (Platinum). Large Omega stainless steel mesh elements from GKD – GEBR. KUFFERATH AG (GKD) act as sun protection and thereby make a contribution to the positive energy balance. Alongside this functional efficiency, however, it is the special surface treatment that truly breaks new ground. Arabian motifs created on the mesh by means of a special etching technique evoke the local culture and interpret shining stainless steel mesh in a way never seen before. After a number of smaller projects in the USA, this is the first time that this etching technique has been used on a large scale.
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