March 2nd, 2005, 10:26 PM
Project: Q-Tel Headquarters
Location : Doha,Qatar
Client: Qatar Telecommunications
Size: Two office towers, a multi-storey car park and a plaza. Total built-up area of 42,700sqm
Floor count: 37
Awards: Design competition entry
Status: Concept design
March 2nd, 2005, 10:32 PM
One of the most stunning designs by Atkins IMO
March 2nd, 2005, 10:34 PM
The two office towers are oval shaped and are set out diagonally on their respective plot zones offering maximum views of the Corniche. The towers are also positioned to collaborate in an arched gateway framing the urban plaza both horizontally and vertically.
The design borrows from the two prominent regional architectural and graphic elements - the arch and the crescent. These are used to frame openings and cut and define spaces, creating a series of courts and atria that project the eye up the full height of the built form, offering a variety of exuberant dynamic spatial experiences.
The building consists of 37 storeys with 33 commercial levels, two service levels, 1 revolving restaurant and a majlis on the top floor. The main design element is a curved arch that rises the full height of the building, slicing through oval shaped floors. The arch separates from the oval floors on the 28th floor and rises further beyond the building envelope to support the helipad.
The second tower stands 32 storeys high and bears resemblance to the Q-Tel Headquarters building and will have mixed use facilities. The five car park levels are terraced with a club located at the top, creating an amphitheatre that provides the occupants with a panoramic view of the plaza and the Corniche beyond.
The public plaza space is well defined by the positions of the towers on either side of the car park building. A cascading waterfall from the restaurant level, a series of water fountains and the framing of palm trees that run though the Corniche further reinforces the design, making the plaza a public oasis.
March 3rd, 2005, 04:41 PM
WOW ! Amazing, i hope they give this project a prime location. It will look great in doha's new skyline. I think its easily the best looking tower to come up in doha.
March 11th, 2005, 02:08 PM
Nice and reminds me alot of Burj Al Arab!!