Libya is changing. Numerous construction projects are a testament to a new self image of the African state – even in the capital city of Tripoli which has developed into a modern metropolis. With the “Tripoli International Convention Center” a representative and perfectly formed building has been created, which has attracted great interest internationally. In order to comply with the high architectural and technical requirements of the ambitious project, the managers consciously selected AKOTHERM series AT 500 CS for whole glass facades in the planning phase.
In a spacious park lined with old pines and eucalyptus trees and just 35 kilometres away from the international airport, is the Tripoli International Convention Center. The elongated cuboid is integrated into the natural environment, and impresses with its holistic appearance. Thereby, above all the horizontal design of the all-glass facade emphasises the shape of the building. Thanks to the flexible manufacturing technology of the AT 500 CS, it was possible, combined with various mullion-transom profiles and the integration of doors and windows, to create the most diverse opening possibilities in the facade, and yet retain the luxurious all-glass look. A further requirement was the thermal conditions on site: with an average daytime temperature of over 20° in the months of April up to and including November, it was necessary to achieve the highest possible heat insulation. This was taken into account by the state-of-the-art insulation concept of the AT 500 CS. The heat insulation is then supported by a superimposed, semi-transparent textile, which prevents direct exposure to sunlight. Hereby, the architects chose such a large distance between the textile and the glass facade, that an additional colonnade emerged, which also sustainably added to the overall cooling load of the building.
Another thing that is characteristic of the Tripoli International Convention Center is the wide projecting roof construction, which continues right to the floor on the corners of the building due to the superimposed structures. This gives the impression of a circumferential outer skin. 8,500m² of stainless steel textile were painted bronze – in the style of the colour of dessert sand – and stretched over more than 500 diamond- and trapeze-shaped panels. As the panels have different dimensions, the irregular pattern which emerges is reminiscent of tree bark, and lends the building a mystical character. A further highlight of the design are the “Mediamesh” panels integrated in the textile skin. According to the occasion, individual lighting effects can be staged with the help of incorporated LED profiles.
Overall, the Tripoli International Convention Center presents itself as a representative conference location, which inspires with a successful combination of high-quality facades and modern media technology. An impressive example of the new openness of Libya.