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Old December 20th, 2009, 10:19 AM   #1
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Al Sahan City (current airport site) | DOHA | PRO

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Al Sahan City is identified as one of the best conceptual master plan proposals for Doha Airport City-Qatar. Taking its inspiration from the traditional ‘sahan’, or the Arabic courtyard house, Al Sahan City possesses an identity and role that is unique from other megaprojects in Qatar.

Located south of Doha on the 1400-ha current airport site (to be decommissioned by 2012), Al Sahan City is expected to initiate the revitalization of an area which has remained underutilised due to the lack of readily available land for such significant urban renewal projects in the past.

The strategic task of putting together an appropriate and locally relevant concept plan for the site was undertaken by a collaborative team of planners and architects who have previously worked on the master plans for 2 of the country’s key municipalities, as well as Qatar’s leading authority in vernacular architecture. The outcome is a holistic vision and concept that is functional and contextual, reinforces the important socio-cultural role of built spaces, and provides an urban renewal strategy to introduce a vibrant mixed-use development that grows from the site’s context and Qatar’s tradition and heritage.

Concept
A “City Inspired by Tradition”, Al Sahan City presents a contemporary take on the traditional Arabic courtyard house by broadening its functional, socio-cultural, and environmental significance. Al Sahan City shapes its urban form, programs its land uses, and designs its meaningful public and private spaces in the same manner traditional courtyard houses provide common venues for interaction under the shade, comfort and privacy given by its surrounding rooms. By reintroducing courtyards in Qatar’s modern urban setting, Al Sahan City will offer a bold and fresh planning and design approach that strongly responds to aspirations of reviving the lost courtyard spaces and the values it represents: hospitality, community, privacy, and respect for the environment.

Land Use and Structure
Ushering this socio-cultural renewal is a creative mix of land use that redefines the way of doing business, provides convenient living and lifestyle choices, and a variety of commercial, cultural and institutional facilities. Positioned to capitalize on the site’s location, land value, accessibility to and synergies with Doha and the New Doha International Airport (NDIA), Al Sahan City will feature developments that not only complement airport activities, but offer choice lifestyle alternatives to those found in Doha.

There are 4 main development districts in Al Sahan City, each framing the grand courtyard and providing an interface to the surrounding area. The north is a business and entertainment district for regional branch and IT offices, traditional souqs, shopping malls, hotels, MICE, and leisure facilities that capitalize on the site’s prime airport address, waterfront location, and proximity to the West Bay CBD. Leveraging on the highly-trafficked Al Matar Road in the west is a mixed-use district which will initiate the redevelopment of the existing commercial street. Along the eastern boundaries is a hi-tech business park district connecting with the proposed logistics zone in the NDIA. Finally, a range of housing typologies are found in the southern residential district which include villa housing to attract Qatari families, as well as multi-family dwellings for professionals and airport staff.

Giving structure and identity to these districts are Al Sahan City’s courtyards. From the grand and civic to the intimate and private, courtyards embody the important values that have long been cherished by Qataris.

The Main Sahan, Qatar’s grandest courtyard, epitomizes the warm hospitality that greets the world in Qatar. Recreating the traditional welcoming rites of incense burning, the makhbar-shaped transport hub will be a main point of entry into the opulence of the Main Sahan. This grand courtyard offers visitors respite with its series of picturesque nodes, gardens and waterways that are reminiscent of the b’ir (well) in traditional courtyards.

Located at the heart of Al Sahan City, the grand mosque symbolizes Islam’s importance in society. Islam is also ingrained in Al Sahan City’s public spaces to emphasise the belief that religion should not just be confined within the mosques. This is evident in the gardens and water canals of the Main Sahan which are designed as an Islamic garden of paradise, and in the community and neighbourhood courtyards which are embroidered with calligraphies of Quranic verses.

In communities and neighbourhoods, courtyards play an important role in fostering strong community bonds, promoting a convenient and healthy lifestyle, and ensuring a safe place for families and an appropriate degree of privacy. The courtyard is therefore used to inspire the spatial arrangement of Al Sahan’s residential communities and neighbourhoods. Centrally located in every neighbourhood and segregated from vehicular traffic, courtyards are within walking distance from every home. Special consideration is also given to ladies and children in the design of semi-private courtyards which are either framed by villa clusters in low-rise developments, or elevated as sky courtyards in mid/high-rise developments.

At the unit level, a private courtyard, located at the heart of every home, ensures privacy with its surrounding rooms and with the use of mushrabiya (ornamental screens).

The Courtyard: Fundamentally Sustainable
The courtyard house design lends itself naturally to basic sustainable design principles. Each unit’s west-oriented massing and voluminous openings provide private courtyards with shade, natural light, ventilation and comfort.

The basic environmental design principles of the courtyard are also applied to the overall urban form and massing of Al Sahan City with higher massing in the west to offer shade to courtyard districts below. The Main Sahan’s northeast opening funnels the prevailing winds to offer natural cooling into the city.

Heritage Celebration
Al Sahan City also places high significance on the conservation of Qatar’s rich culture and heritage. Its centrepiece development is an Arabic lantern inspired cultural centre and a themed traditional souq. Culture and heritage are also showcased in buildings designed in contemporary Qatari architecture and in neighbourhood courtyard landscaping patterned after the kilim ( Bedouin carpets).

Courtyards have shaped Qatar’s vibrant past and Al Sahan City- Qatar’s grandest courtyard- will continue to mould the country’s modern development in a way that is rooted in tradition.




http://en.urbarama.com/project/al-sahan-city
http://www.worldbuildingsdirectory.c...ct.cfm?id=1797
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Old December 20th, 2009, 01:00 PM   #2
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WOW! This is Doha after 10-15 years! Cant believe it, but its a great city! One thing though, they shifted the airport 4 kilometers to the east due to noise pollution from the planes,and now the whole city shifted towards the airport. I wonder how the noise is going to affect that area.

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Old December 20th, 2009, 05:59 PM   #3
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WOW! This is Doha after 10-15 years! Cant believe it, but its a great city! One thing though, they shifted the airport 4 kilometers to the east due to noise pollution from the planes,and now the whole city shifted towards the airport. I wonder how the noise is going to affect that area.

Great find Suzan!
I love the new airport, but I think the location they chose was a mistake... they could have easily constructed it in the desert away from the city and provided access through Salwa Road, Dukhan Road or the North Road (depending on the location)... instead they chose el ma7raga of all places lol.

I feel sorry for residents of the Pearl more than anything... its going to be the same for them as residents of Mirdif in Dubai!

Having said that, the redevelopment of the old airport looks very good. You can even see the bridge in the render! I think it's going to be built (eventually)... although i'll probably be too old to drive at that point
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Old December 21st, 2009, 03:32 AM   #4
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I love the new airport, but I think the location they chose was a mistake... they could have easily constructed it in the desert away from the city and provided access through Salwa Road, Dukhan Road or the North Road (depending on the location)... instead they chose el ma7raga of all places lol.

I feel sorry for residents of the Pearl more than anything... its going to be the same for them as residents of Mirdif in Dubai!

Having said that, the redevelopment of the old airport looks very good. You can even see the bridge in the render! I think it's going to be built (eventually)... although i'll probably be too old to drive at that point
I love the new airport site! Cause its close to my home

Its nothing like Mirdiff, cause the flight path in Doha is over the sea and most noise occurs on the flight path. The planes will be close to residential areas, but the noise will be minimal.

Its great leaving your house an hour before the flight and making it in time!

Were all going to be too old to drive that bridge!
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Old December 21st, 2009, 03:35 AM   #5
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I hope the Mosque has an Ottoman feel to it, with a huge dome and high minarets. I love everything that has to do with Ottoman architecture.
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Al Sahan City
Category: Future Projects - Competition entries
Location: Doha, Qatar
Architects: Surbana Urban Planning Group (SUPG)
Surbana Architecture, Singapore, Republic of
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Old April 9th, 2010, 10:21 PM   #7
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Very serious project as the developer is Qatari Diar!!



GCLA, a landscaping firm in the UAE, together with Surbana, a master-planning consultant from Singapore has won the invited design competition for Qatari Diar's new project, it was revealed.

It has seen an increase in requests for proposals (RFPs) in the last month, a senior official told Emirates Business. The firm has offices in Dubai and Abu Dhabi and work experience in Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Kuwait, Lebanon, Syria, Jordan, Pakistan and India. "We won the invited international design competition for the Airport City project in Qatar. It is a 1,300 hectares extension on the side of the old Doha Airport and we did together with Surbana from Singapore. We understand that Qatari Diar, the developer, is going to make an announcement about the development soon but so far there is no official statement. We are expecting to be invited to complete the master plan. Since it was in the preliminary stage, we did not get a costing yet on the project or a project value from the developer," said Steven Velegrinis, Projects Manager.

Due to the slowdown or suspension of projects in the UAE, the firm has downsized staff and has gone down to around 30 people, he added. But it is now witnessing a rise in RFPs, he added.

"In the last month, we have seen a significant rise in RFPs from Abu Dhabi and Syria and it is on the lines of the queries that we received before the 2008 market crash. Since we don't do the master planning, we don't really get too involved in the project values," he said when asked for the proposed projects' total values. "Our fees generally relate to the landscape construction budget and is normally about five per cent."

Other key projects include the Creative City, Sharjah (a large mixed-use development near the University City) and the Tunis Sports City for Sports City International. "Tenders will be issued in the next couple of months for the first phase, infrastructure and road construction underway at the moment," said Velegrinis.

"We are also working on the White Bay Development, in Umm Al Quwain, which is a mixed use residential development (work on site is continuing). Other projects include Sheikha Jawaher Reception and Convention Centre, Sharjah (the tender for landscape is about to be issued), Madinat Zayed Roads in Abu Dhabi, National Park & Visitor Centre in Al Ain, Al Bustan II Residential Resort, Riyadh, and Dammam City Landscape Masterplan & Streetscapes in Saudi Arabia."

The firm was first runner up in the Clear Village Open International Design Competition in Amsterdam. "They asked us to design a self-sustaining city of the future and the concept was on the lines of our vertical Food City concept, that we proposed to DCCI," said Velegrinis.
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Qatari Diar?!?! WOOOW! Very surprsing indeed!
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Wow this is so nice!!
Thanks for the pics!
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Old December 23rd, 2010, 06:43 PM   #10
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guys great news

قال السيد عبد اللطيف محمد النعيمي رئيس الشؤون الإدارية بشركة الديار القطرية في تصريحات لـ "الشرق" إن الشركة لديها مشاريع لإعادة تأهيل وتنظيم مدينتي الخور والوكرة استعدادا لاستضافة قطر لمونديال كأس العالم في العام 2022، موضحا ان هذه البرامج ستنطلق قريبا.
وأضاف ان شركة الديار القطرية سوف تعيد بناء مبنى مطار الدوحة الحالي بعد هدمه ليتحول إلى مدينة عصريةموضحا: "إن عملية هدم المطار القديم ستبدأ في العام 2012 ليتم فيما بعد بناء مدينة عصرية في نفس الموقع".

http://www.al-sharq.com/articles/more.php?id=221665

so they will build this one .. awesome
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Whats up with all the project and their own mini light rails ?! If you notice Sahan city also has its own LRT system ! (Lusail, West bay, Education city and now Sahan city ! all have own light rail systems).

















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Thanks for the quality renders Alrayan! I'm a bit sceptic about this project...Isn't it simply to close to the new airport?
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Good Evening Qatar Community at SSC... Long Time No See..
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Good evening and welcome back!
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Why this thread ??? and welcome back
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OK so just to come back on this project... I think this looks really childish compared to a complex development project like Musheireb. If I compare this render to the one of Dohaland, there is absolutely no possible comparison. Dohaland has produced a fascinating masterplan whereas this one looks commie. Hope this is not definite.
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one giant park with lagoon in the middle would be better. we didn't move the airport 5Km east to build a city next to it. sadly I think they will go ahead with this....
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Any updates?

Are they actually going to go through with this project?
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well, we don't know until the new airport is ready, what confirmed though is the demolishing of the current Airport. this masterplan might be it or it might get some modification.
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well, we don't know until the new airport is ready, what confirmed though is the demolishing of the current Airport. this masterplan might be it or it might get some modification.
They better modify it cuz the design is so outdated and the landscape architecture is awful.. Imagine all the buildings all have the same color on the exterior besides these very common ornaments.. I used to love paige but the excessive use of this color on almost every concrete building in Doha made me sick of it.. Not only that, but they also paint the interior with the same color .. Paige, paige, paige, paige, paige ,, paige..
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