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Green Cactus Building Sheds Sustainable Spikes in Qatar

By: Alexandra Choli - Published: Mar 12, 2009 • References: aesarch and thedesignblog.org
Urban architecture is being increasingly penetrated by sustainability, much like the way the green cactus-shaped building by Aesthetic Architects will be penetrating the Doha Skyline in Qatar.

Drawing inspiration from the ability of the cactus to survive and flourish in the desert, the spiky construction is designed to be significantly energy-efficient. It features sunshade panels that open and close according to the intensity of the sun, as well as a magnificent interior botanic dome, further boosting its green profile.

The high-rise building follows the innovative approach to sustainable architecture that Bangkok-based Aesthetic Architects GO Group is recognized for. It will be the new office complex for the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Urban Planning in Doha, aiming to help reduce the carbon footprint of Qatar. It probably aspires to be the most cutting-edge cactus in the world, as well.