Qatar

Archtrove travels to Qatar – hidden in the sand

Architecture in Qatar

Qatar, the rise from the desert, is a peninsular Arab country, its sole land border is with Saudi Arabia to the south, with the rest of its territory surrounded by the Persian Gulf. An arm of the Persian Gulf separates Qatar from the nearby island country of Bahrain. Comprising of mostly sand dunes with a stunning shoreline of beaches. The capital Doha, and the only city really, is known for its futuristic skyscrapers and ultramodern architecture, inspired by traditional Islamic design.

The Growth of Qatar

Recently, as a new country, a financial influx and winning the World Cup, the outpour of buildings that have shot up in Doha are phenomenal. Ranging from 2 large shopping malls, numerous university buildings, a myriad of stadiums and countless hotels and restaurants. These rapid construction projects have big brands, both in the architecture world and none, fighting for a piece.

That being said, some stunning pieces have been developed as a result.

Modern Buildings in Qatar

IM Pei’s Museum of Islamic Art is the Perfect Building to Suit Doha’s Style. The building was designed by IM Pei who, when the building was constructed in the mid-2000s, was retired but was persuaded to commit his time to design this prominent museum. And prominent it for sure is. Mister Pei, you know how to make your building stand out. Standing off the mainland, a solid natural stone structure rises out of the water.

The recently designed 2022 World Cup stadium by Designed by Qatari architect Ibrahim M Jaidah and design consultant Heerim, the Al Thumama Stadium will feature a woven-pattern exterior skin inspired by the traditional ‘gahfiya’ cap worn by Arab men.

Other buildings have been designed or in the pipeline are with Zaha Hadid, Jean Nouvel and Rem Koolhaas, all designing stadiums in Qatar.

Gallery

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Buildings to Visit

Museum of Islamic Art

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