Weill Cornell Medical College, School of Medicine
ARCHITECT: Arata Isozaki & i-NET Co.
EXECUTIVE ARCHITECT: Perkins + Will
LOCATION: Doha, Qatar
One of the first two buildings to make up Education City in Qatar, the College of Medicine is a 339,000 sf two-story reinforced concrete building. The primary structure is a one-way concrete beam and joist system. The most influential factor in the selection of reinforced concrete is the local availability and expertise. The building houses teaching and research laboratories, classrooms, faculty offices, seminar rooms, and four major lecture halls. The lecture halls are geodesic shapes (an icosahedrons, a dodecahedron, and two ovoids) fabricated in structural steel. Other unique elements of the design, in addition to the lecture halls, include several monumental stairs, wind towers, fountains and an opti-wall system utilizing a combination of glass block and masonry to create interplay of light patterns.