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    Solar panels cover roof of Libya’s first multifunctional sports centre

    Giancarlo Zema Design Group has revealed plans for a solar powered, multi purpose sports centre for Tripoli, Libya.

    Titled ‘Desert Flower’, the sporting centre will be the first of its kind in the North African country and feature a variety of sporting facilities, including a 40,000-seat auditorium.

    Inspired by the colourful flowers found in the Libyan Desert, the complex is arranged in the shape of a flower cross-section.

    A semi-elliptical grandstand partially wraps around the central stadium and opens up on one side to provide views of the nearby sea.

    A Basketball court, covered swimming pool, fitness area and auditorium are housed within four petal-like pods that branch out from the centre grandstand.

    Smaller attached pods accommodate additional food service areas, while a covered walkway links the main entrance to the main stadium.

    Giancarlo Zema Design Group has indicated 40,000 square metres of solar paneling will be installed on the centre’s large aluminium panel roof.

    Recyclable materials and cross-ventilation will also be integrated into the design to help minimise the building’s environmental impact.

    The Desert Flower is scheduled for completion in 2017.

    Courtesy Inhabitat

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