OMA and WSP to masterplan 10 sq km live/work Airport City development in Doha
Run by Rem Koolhaas, OMA is a highly respected practice which has made a name for itself with quirky designs such as the CCTV Headquarters in Beijing and Taipei Performing Arts Center in Taiwan. The firm currently has studios in Rotterdam, New York, Beijing and Hong Kong, with plans to form a new office in Doha where they have just been announced as winners of an international competition for a 10 sq km live/work development for 200,000 people.
The project will support HOK’s Hamad International Airport (HIA) which is nearing completion and is destined to welcome up to 28 million passengers into Doha each year. This 6.46 million sq ft airport incorporates a public mosque, two 100-room luxurious hotels, a health spa, 3,450-car garage and 3 central utility plants. It will comprise 41 contact gates and 20 remote-stand gates when opened for business in the next few months.
To ensure the smooth operation of this impressive new infrastructure, OMA and engineers WSP have been brought onboard to masterplan Airport City, a series of four districts which will form a spine to the HIA runways. Founder of OMA Rem Koolhaas expands: “We are delighted and honoured to participate in the exciting growth of Doha, in a project that is perhaps the first serious effort anywhere in the world to interface between an international airport and the city it serves.”
The development will be sectioned into four circular districts: The Business District will host a major new transport hub to link the HIA with greater Doha; The Aviation Campus will accommodate office headquarters and educational facilities for aviation authorities; The Logistics District will supply cargo and warehousing facilities; and The Residential District will provide homes for future employees at the site.
An estimated completion date for the first phase of the 30-year masterplan has been set for 2022 in preparation for the Qatar-hosted 2022 World Cup. In May 2010 WAN posted details and CGI fly-throughs of the conceptualised stadiums for the Qatar 2022 World Cup, including the Al Rayyan and Al Gharafa Stadiums near Doha, designed by AS&P. The original article and associated videos can be viewed here.