The QSTP masterplan encompasses 123 hectares of land which is integrated with the facilities of the Qatar Foundation, its new teaching hospital and the new convention centre. Phase one construction comprises 115,000 sq m of development. At its heart is the 12,000 sq m Incubator Centre, incorporating the administrative hub and business centre. This building is flanked by the first tow tenant laboratory Information Transfer Centre buildings, each 20,000 sq m.
QSTP is both architecturally elegant and fitting with the site as a whole. The approach to the park is dominated by the distinctive, undulating roof, and the structure is visible from the centre of Qatar’s capital Doha. The significance of this location has been marked by Woods Bagot through the use of a perforated, aluminium ‘veil’, that runs along the front length of the site.
Shimmering in the desert sun, the veil is at once functional, providing shade and the basis for the development of microclimatic environments through the careful selection of finishes and softscape areas, and the re-interpretation of the shapes of the surrounding desert and other influences from Qatari culture.
The design features the separation of motor vehicles from pedestrians. The podium provides a pedestrian-only landscaped environment, under the ‘veil’ shade structure that links the buildings. People are encouraged to move freely between the activity hubs in the tenant building atrium spaces and the Incubator Centre’s retail outlets and service facilities.