The New Building of Northwestern University in Qatar Is Remarkable
Take a look inside this new state-of-the-art university building.
The Northwestern University in Qatar (NU-Q) has opened the doors of its new building to students and faculty.
The building, which was designed by American architect Antoine Predock, covers 515,000 square foot with four-stories. Predock was inspired by desert structures and he wanted to represent Qatar’s culture, climate and location.
Northwestern University in Qatar's New Building
All photos courtesy of Reem Saad of Doha News.
The facility features:
Three video production studios
Two lecture halls
Large events hall
A multimedia newsroom
A black box theatre
An in-house museum
A two-floor library
Several editing rooms
A conference centre
The new building has achieved a LEED Gold Certification, which means it's an environment-friendly building that encourages energy and resource efficiency. NU-Q is an American university specialising in journalism and communication. It’s located in Education City and has recently renewed its lease for another decade.
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While the building opened for students who started their winter semester, most the facilities are not ready yet. The grand opening will be sometime this year.
The construction of the building began in 2011, with an open date that was projected for 2013, but it took longer than anticipated.
The university used to occupy the top floor of Carnegie Mellon University as well as the Texas A&M University for a brief period.