Qatar Foundation’s Sidra Medical and Research Centre revealed plans to combine cutting edge technology with an incandescent design to become the first academic medical and research centre in the region and will provide the highest standards of healthcare. The Sidra design is the creation of Pelli Clarke Pelli and the project’s executive architectural firm Ellerbe Becket. Both firms have created healthcare facilities around the world.Sidra use a modern structure of steel, glass and white ceramic tile to achieve a dramatic design and landscaping includes three atriums that serve as indoor healing gardens – a unique feature that all patients will be able to view from their luxury rooms. The atriums divide the facility into three “hospitals within a hospital” – one for children, one for women and one for adults.To symbolize the importance of both tradition and progress the historic house will be preserved. Anticipated to open in late 2010, $7.9 billion has been endowed to the medical and research centre, the largest endowment of a medical centre anywhere in the world.