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Old February 11th, 2014, 11:10 AM   #1
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Al Dhakira City Development

CITY DEVELOPMENT

LOCATION: Al Dhakira, Qatar
DATE: 2013/2014

CLIENT: Private

TYPE: Urban Design, Residential, Retail, Hospitality, Landscape
BUILT-UP AREA: 275.000 sqm - 3.0 million sqft
BUILDING COST:







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The expansion of Al Dhakira, city built on an inlet of the Arabian Gulf, only 60 km away from the capital Doha, is set as the correct mix between the country's need to grow, driven by the 2022 FIFA World Cup event, and the will to preserve its natural-landscape value.

The project involves the development of a part of the city with new residential and commercial settlements of 275.000 sqm, and introduces a continuous increase in terms of density starting from the sea towards inland.
The coastal area is characterized by a urban park which mainly hosts public functions and connects, in a unique landscape strip, the two naturalistic parts of the city from east to west.

The natural reserve, featuring the presence of mangroves and a delicate local fauna, allowed these unique locations to undertake a urban development with a particular attention to the respect of the landscape.

The residential design blends with the surrounding landscape and with the existing buildings, proposing different housing typologies, public and green spaces which promote the sense of community offering themselves as spaces where numerous activities in common or relax take place.

The commercial-directional area is arranged around the renewed sports field, representing the operative core of the city.

The architectural choices configure the buildings mixing aggregations of forms and traditional elements that are reinterpreted with specific technical and technological solutions committed to energy conservation and to urban and landscape sustainability. The sun, the wind and the water are indeed elements defining urban design and are exploited for benefit of the environment through a sensitive landscape and treatment plants.
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COMMERCIAL DISTRICT


LOCATION: Al Dhakira, Qatar
DATE: 2013/2014

CLIENT: Private

TYPE: Retail
BUILT-UP AREA: 23.000 sqm - 250.000 sqft









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The new complex is located within the expansion of Al Dhakira, city placed on an inlet of the Arabian Gulf, only 60 km away from the capital Doha, is set as the commercial-directional core of the new urban development.

The shape and placement of the buildings create a closed urban space, a sort of a big square built around the new sports center where the commercial buildings overlook with large windows and porticoed spaces.

The architectural design indeed presents two different formal results which characterize the interior, toward the square, transparent and porous, and the exterior, toward the residential areas, solid and essential, in order to invite the user to enjoy the interior spaces of the complex.

Each single building, composed of different levels, is set as a container of the commercial and leisure activities, accomodating, besides retail spaces, several activities such as the cinema, the library, exhibition spaces and an indoor square with restaurants and bars.

The building, on the facade and on the roof presents a modular skin made of a steel structure and circular ceramic tiles; this solution, through the use of integrated technological systems, allows the control of natural light into the building in order to reduce the need for electrical lighting.

The building, besides this light control device, presents several other advanced technological systems which facilitate in example natural ventilation or control the internal microclimatic comfort to make the complex an example of sustainable architecture.
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Old February 12th, 2014, 11:58 AM   #3
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Thank you so much for posting this thread. I think this is good news for the Al-Khor/Al-Thakira regions.

The only thing I dont like is the white concrete box houses. I dont think any Qatari family will want to live in a box like that. And that area is mostly Qataris.

What do you think?
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Thank you so much for posting this thread. I think this is good news for the Al-Khor/Al-Thakira regions.

The only thing I dont like is the white concrete box houses. I dont think any Qatari family will want to live in a box like that. And that area is mostly Qataris.

What do you think?
Yes, I think it's too modern. If they had something similar to Musherib it would have been nice.
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Old February 13th, 2014, 07:10 AM   #5
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It holds traditional "elements" within its architecture, I don't see this going beyond the drawing board though.

If only this is true, it would be so helpful for a town like Dhakira.
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thanks for the details, can you please advise me which construction company will build the residential part?
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