© Aleksandar Markovic 2011 All rights reserved    mail@amarkovic.com Barwa City International School, Doha, Qatar As part of Barwa City Amenities Project, I was given the opportunity to design two schools that would be reference schools in the region. Although the project was initiated as a design for four kindergartens, it evolved into a more complex design as a result of our Client’s visionary ideas to build two competition level schools, one for boys and one for girls. As a result of extensive design and introducing sustainable design criteria from newly introduced Qatar Sustainability Assessment System, we have produced a design for a school that can accommodate comfortably 1500 pupils. The building itself that is divided in two elementary and mid-high wings, incorporates all of today’s hi-tech wizardry that raises education level to its peak and introduces creative learning that extends from a typical classroom to a broader learning environment. Learning corridors flooded by natural lighting from a sky lighted space frame roof structure and flexible spaces characterize this highly sustainable school building. Although the buildings footprint is immense and with its 13 500m2 represented a challenge for sustainability, we have tackled successfully by reducing heat island effect with vegetated roof areas and atrium green oasis. Exterior areas have been carefully studied in order to produce a balanced design that would accommodate play areas as well as open learning spaces for students from both elementary and mid-high school and serve the Barwa City community afterhours. Total built up area of each school is 24,000m2. The project has been further developed by the appointed contractor as a design and build project and is in the construction stage. Started in 2008 and scheduled for completion in 2012. Mesaieed Industrial City International School, Doha, Qatar As a part of Mesaieed Housing Project, I was given an opportunity to work on preliminary and detail design for two international schools as project manager. Buildings are located in Mesaieed, the Client was Alaqaria and the end user is Qatar Petroleum. In each school there are 35 classrooms with a total capacity for 700 students. The design of the building is very compact with a centrally positioned gymnasium and multypurpose hall that is not a characteristicall design for this region. Structurally, the building is fully pre cast so the quality of finish is at a higher level than of the conventional type buildings. Total area of each school building is 12,000m2. The building is fully operational from 2009. Educational Projects