Al-Janoubi Village & Al-Shamali Village

Hamad bin Khalifa University

12 Buildings Certified LEED Platinum

Located on a 1,000-hectare campus on the edge of Doha, Hamad bin Khalifa University is a collective of renowned universities from around the world. The campus strives to restructure Qatar and Middle Eastern society by building a more sustainable way of life through education, research and community development.

The Hamad bin Khalifa University student villages house 1200 students from more than 60 countries. The two  living learning communities were designed to create unity and connection and provide an environment where students can thrive personally, socially, spiritually and academically.

Drawing inspiration from traditional Islamic town organization, each of the student apartments and residence hall neighborhoods surround traditional courtyards with water features. In each village, an organic exterior spine connects the buildings and terminates at the residential community center. With marketplace-style dining, learning centers, lounges, ablution and prayer rooms, the community centers provide students opportunities for collaboration and social gathering, as well as private study, solitude and reflection.

More than any other higher education building, the resource residence halls use most is water - with hundreds of students showering, flushing, and washing clothes. The design goes to great lengths to conserve it, capture it and re-circulate it. The topography of the land combined with elevating the villages on podiums created natural detention areas with native plantings. Grey water and storm water is collected and filtered to be reused for lavatories, landscape and water features.

To encourage outdoors activities in a hot desert climate, the design worked to create an oasis with sheltered walkways, filtered canopies, cooling grey water features and grey water irrigated vegetation.

The extreme Doha heat creates a high consumption of air conditioning throughout the year. A high performance envelope, reverse wall insulation, buildings shading other buildings, recessed windows, stainless steel screens and cooling white roofs work to minimize heat gain.

Energy is created on-site from renewable resources like wind turbines and photovoltaic cells. Fiber optics channel natural light into the central core of the building, reducing electricity needs during daylight hours. Integrated building management systems display resource consumption to occupants to help modify behavior, and smart-room technology reduces energy use for unoccupied rooms.

Each of the 12 buildings in these zero waste self sufficient communities are LEED Platinum certified – making them the largest concentration of LEED Platinum student life buildings in the world.

** The Hamad bin Khalifa student housing design was a collaboration between Burns and McDonnell and Treanor Architects.