In pictures: Qatar National Convention Centre by Arata Isozaki

New images are unveiled of the Qatar National Convention Centre taken by Portuguese photographer Nelson Garrido. Designed by Japanese architect, Arata Isozaki, gigantic tree-like columns support the overhanging roof.

The building references the Sidrat-al-Muntaha, a holy Islamic tree that is believed to symbolise the end of the seventh heaven.

Two sprawling steel columns appear as a pair of trees in front of the large rectangular glass façade that support a roof canopy which extends out to provide shelter to a public plaza in front of the building.

“The tree is a beacon of learning and comfort in the desert and a haven for poets and scholars who gathered beneath its branches to share knowledge,” said the architects.

The convention centre is located on campus of the Qatar Foundation in Doha, being the largest exhibition space in the Middle East.

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