KEO design vast tower complex for Qatar Financial District
KEO International Consultants have released their monumental designs for BARWA’s prestigious Financial District Project in Doha, Qatar. The comprehensive designs for the mixed use complex will create a new business community within Doha and a new landmark for the city.
Raj Patel, Principal Designer at KEO describes the design as: “Two nautilus forms spiraling in opposing directions which create dynamic flow of mass and space. The opposing spiraling geometry builds up the movement of the towers to create the pinnacle at the southwest corner of the site creating a landmark tower visible from the West Bay Area as well as the main road arteries west of the site”.
The project features an outer ring of 6 office towers ascending in a clockwise direction from 20 to 35 storeys in height, and an inner ring of towers, comprising of 3 office towers and a hotel tower ascending in a counter-clockwise direction from 31 to 50 storeys in height.
The placement of the 9 office towers and their opposing movement of heights help maintain maximum views as well as ensuring that all the buildings have access to natural light.
The office towers are connected by a two storey enclosed atrium lined on either side with retail space on both the ground and first floor to create an intimate and lively boutique mall. The plaza at the main retail level will be open to air and lined with restaurants and cafes. The axis from the main street to the northeastern corner of the site culminates with the Prayer Hall providing geometric order to the development.
Symbolising modern Qatar, traditional influences and materials are integrated with the modern structures. The towers, clad in glass and terracotta, emerge from a solid plinth clad in travertine stone. The glass facades of the towers are protected from the sun’s rays by a metal screen inspired by the traditional mashrabiya - a protruding window enclosed within a carved latticework screen. The facades of the project juxtapose the natural materials of terracotta and stone with man made materials of glass and metal screens.