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Doha Convention Centre and Tower, Doha, Qatar

Wednesday 14 Jan 2009

Doha's latest landmark

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Stretching to the skies the Doha Tower offers somewhere to work rest and play 

The design of the new Doha Convention Center and Tower by Murphy/Jahn architects creates an iconic symbol for the Doha skyline – a 550m high tapering obelisk, containing a total of 112 storeys. It begins with offices in its lower levels, followed by apartment floors, a hotel and penthouse residences in the upper levels of the narrower building shaft. At the top of the Tower an exclusive Private Club occupies a 60m high glowing glass cylinder, flanked by extensions of the obelisk facades and supported by a soaring structural helix. The shape of the Tower conforms to the functional parameters of the design brief with a subtle, elegant and dramatic form.

To the west lies the Convention Center. The floating roof plane of metal and glass covers the Exhibit Halls and extend out towards the Tower in a broad sweeping arc. The strong horizontal expression of the Convention Center compliments the spectacular verticality of the Tower, yielding a harmonious and unique building ensemble.

The project is due for completion in 2012.

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