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Al Barahat Square in Dohaland by mossessian & partners

 
February 14th, 2011 by Sanjay Gangal

mossessian & partners’ design for Qatari developer Dohaland wins two AR Future Projects awards for groundbreaking downtown regeneration in Doha.

Aerial Al Baharat Square

Aerial Al Baharat Square

  • Design Architect: mossessian & partners
  • Client: Dohaland (subsidiary of Qatar Foundation)
  • Project Management Turner International Middle East
  • Planning Consultant: AECOM

Arcade

Arcade

mossessian & partners will receive two awards at Mipim this year for Al Barahat Square, a new civic space in Doha, Qatar and the centrepiece of Qatari developer Dohaland’s $5.5 billion (QAR 20 bn) ‘Musheireb’ development.

The practice wins in the mixed-use category and is the overall winner of the AR Future Awards. The 2010 winner was Jean Nouvel for One New Change and past winners include Norman Foster for the Swiss Re building.

The judges of the 2011 AR Future Projects Award said about Al Barahat Square: “This central element of a larger project makes a significant attempt to create a contemporary vernacular architecture in the Gulf. Public space is combined with extensive shading and its scale relates to everyday life”.

Aerial town center view

Aerial town center view

Dohaland’s Musheireb is a 35-hectare site that will transform the centre of Qatar’s capital city, recreating a way of living that is rooted in Qatari culture, attracting residents back to the city centre and reversing the trend for decentralisation.

mossessian & partners is one of four practices working on the second phase of the Musheireb scheme, a pioneering US$ 5.5 billion (QR 20 billion; €4.18 billion), 35 hectare project that aims to revive, regenerate and conserve the historical downtown of Qatar’s capital city. Due for completion in 2016, Dohaland’s mixed-use scheme will offer residential, commercial, retail and leisure facilities and involves the construction of over 100 buildings.

Exterior - inbetween

Exterior - inbetween

mossessian & partners’ winning project Al Barahat Square is a 65,000 m2 civic space comprising nine mixed-use, residential, commercial and retail buildings around a major public square at the heart of the Musheireb scheme.

Exterior long view

Exterior long view

Al Barahat Square will act as an urban room for the development, an urbanised version of the majlis, fostering communication, interaction and integration between different residential communities. The floor of the square will be ‘carpeted’, clad in gold paving to recreate the richness and warmth of a traditional interior. The surrounding building facades draw heavily on the Qatari vernacular, helping define a new Qatari architectural legacy.

mossessian & partners have taken cues from indigenous building types and urbanism, which is accomplished at dealing with the challenging local climate by engaging with nature: sun, wind and mass.

Office

Office

As shade is the first priority in comfort cooling, the design incorporates sheer density with tall narrow streets. The streetscape is very much part of the mossessian scheme: sculpting the void – carving the space between buildings – is as important as designing the buildings themselves. Deep roof overhangs and decorative screens layer the buildings and create shade throughout the year. The thermal mass of the building envelope is used as a heat sink to balance the region’s severe temperature fluctuations. This combination of strategies works together to create an ecosystem that offers a high level of thermal comfort in an energy efficient and therefore sustainable way.

Plaza

Plaza

Indeed, Dohaland’s Musheireb project is setting a new benchmark for sustainable architecture in the Gulf region. Dohaland’s distinctive mandate is to develop a modern downtown that takes cues from Qatari vernacular and urbanism, yet has a highly contemporary, sustainable approach: the entire scheme is targeting average LEED Gold certification, making it the world’s first sustainable downtown regeneration project.

Internal view of Remas

Internal view of Remas

Michel Mossessian, Director, mossessian & partners, says “Dohaland set us an incredibly demanding brief, inviting us to evolve a scheme that challenges expectations of contemporary urban regeneration in this region. The very concept of a public square, a civic meeting space, is a first for Qatar and the wider area. We feel both privileged and excited to be involved in the development of this unique project.”
CEO of Dohaland Eng. Issa M. Al Mohannadi says, “The awards reinforce the visionary leadership of the Emir, His Highness Sheikh Hamad Bin Khalifa Al Thani and Dohaland’s Chairperson, Her Highness Sheikha Moza Bint Nasser Al Missned. The recognition underscores Dohaland’s leadership position in urban regeneration internationally and is testament to our commitment to engage with the best in class partners.”

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