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Monday, February 21, 2011

New Student Center at Education City, Doha...


The new Student Center was opened recently here in Education City. The (just about completed) center will be serving the whole academic community here at EC. The other day I had a chance to visit it for the first time, and was somewhat taken aback by the sheer scale and grandiosity of the endeavor - this must be the most elaborate and striking student centers I've come across anywhere - high spec'ed detailing and materials at every turn, and facilities ranging from galleries to movie theaters, grand games rooms to bowling allies and basketball courts entwined into a matrix of architectural follies... The interiors read more like a gigantic First-Class airport lounge than a student center... Let's just hope that even us faculty will be allowed to enjoy its variety of amenities...

The Student Center was designed by Legorreta & Legorreta...





A central courtyard...


The gallery...

The games room...


The courts...

The walk to the main entrance...


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