Doha North Shore Zone, envisioned as a primarily natural sandy beach, is an extension of the desert coming into the city from the North. It is literally an “Open Ecological Museum” whose quaintness balances the bustle of the immediate urbanity of the tower area. In this zone, the buildings reverse their traditional selves and become nodal green parks reminiscent of oases and a humanly sustainable functionality unique to Doha and Qatar – celebrating the environmental and human ecology.
Some buildings are positioned close to the road and hover on pylons to offer a clear view out to the sea beneath them as well as shaded public space. Other buildings sit on edge stitching both land and sea as an experience similar to the case in the aquarium building. Others split apart horizontally framing the soothing horizon line, while yet others sit as islands in the sea offering unique visual experience. Functions vary from a Recycling Museum, Birds Life Museum, Desert Ecology Museum, and an Aquarium to buildings that celebrate human cultural ecology such as an International Calligraphy Museum, Children Museum and Natural Fabrics Museum.
All buildings will be designed as public garden follies where visitors can interact in shaded areas, water features, art-scape and localized themed landscape. The green folly experiment should creatively evolve into many unique building typologies merging imperative parking space with socially, culturally, financially and environmentally sustainable aesthetic urban fabric.
The South Shore Zone 9, stands as an airport gate area to the city. The profound event building with rich memorable experiences and dramatic visual gesture that capture the senses of visitors in the first and final hours of their visit to the city. It is proposed that Doha’s airport district will be the site for the largest and most enterprising duty free shop in the world – a lucrative and rewarding one kilometer stretch green building that redefines what is traditionally a strict indoor commercial exchange.
The main building is an elevated green linear form that yields to the quaint continuity of the relationship of majestic desert to the soothing sea. The elevated structure is both a parking building on one level and a shopping strip on the upper most level, both engulfed within an inter active steel and green screen skin with permeable quality that offers outward views.
Location: Doha, Qatar
Client: Government of Qatar, National Council
for Culture, Arts, and Heritage
Land Area: 7.5 Km Long
Built-up Area: N/A
Project year: 2009
(Joint venture with Wilmotte & Associés S.A., Paris)