HOK London has unveiled its designs for Marina Mall, a prime retail and leisure facility in the Lusail development, located on the east coast of Qatar, approximately 15km north of Doha city centre. The Lusail development comprises of 37 sq km of waterfront land that is master planned into 19 integrated and diverse mixed-use districts. The city’s vision is to create a vibrant, community-orientated lifestyle. HOK aims to achieve QSA 5 rating for Marina Mall which is LEED Platinum equivalent.
HOK’s design is inspired by natural forms created when water and land meet. Five interconnected retail islands link the mall into the landscape and back to the water. A body of water running throughout the centre of the scheme guides the visitor through the mall, leading to and from the marina, whilst internal waterfalls provide a visual connection between the different levels. The spaces between the five pebble shaped islands are carefully landscaped, creating a series of green spaces.
The mall, which totals 60,000 sq m (GLA), includes three levels, with an additional 10,000 sq m hypermarket at basement level. The mall will also house cinemas, restaurants with terraced dining overlooking the marina, and spa facilities. Smaller pods embedded in the landscape around the mall are designed to animate the threshold between the mall and the marina. These will house additional retail space, exhibition spaces and entertainment areas that include leisure activities such as a skate park and children’s play area.
Barry Hughes, Vice President, HOK London says: “Great architectural design doesn’t just create a stunning object, it’s a building that provides an exceptional experience for the user. At Lusail, we were inspired by the idea of a desert canyon, a rich and green cavern protected by the overhanging walls of sand and stone. The fluid sculptural exterior complements the surrounding area, whilst the flow from exterior to interior draws people into the internal oasis, providing welcome protection from the desert sun.”