Tall, narrow streets create necessary shade for 65,000 sq m development in Doha
mossessian & partners, one of four key architecture practices working on the second phase of the $5.5bn Dohaland scheme in Qatar’s capital, is to receive two awards at the upcoming real estate event MIPIM in March for Al Barahat Square in the centre of the development.
Al Barahat Square will form the centre-piece of the 35 hectare ‘Musheireb’ scheme, comprised of nine mixed-use, residential, commercial and retail buildings arranged around a public square. The MIPIM jury concluded that: “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.”
In total mossessian & partners’ design spreads over 65,000 sq m of civic space, with tall, narrow streets to create elongated shadows and therefore shade for the local residents, whilst pavements will be clad in gold paving to recreate the richness and warmth of a ‘traditional’ interior. In total, the Musheireb development will be comprised of over 100 buildings and is due for completion in 2016.
Michael Mossessian, Director of mossessian & partners explained: “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.”