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Office Tower in Doha, Qatar, designed by Ateliers Jean Nouvel
Situated between the new city centre and the north side of Doha Bay the 231-meter tower was designed during a time when mayor cultural development plans for Doha were launched by Sheikh Saud al-Thani.
The circular building with structure pushed to the periphery measuring a 45m in diameter is topped by a dome; the design comparative to Nouvel’s “Tours sans fins” (Paris 1989 – unbuilt) and the Agbar Tower (Barcelona, 2000-2005).
The façade pattern, inspired by the mashrabiyya and formed by butterfly aluminium elements are set on the façade according to the specific orientation of each part of the building – 25% toward north, 40% toward south, 60% on east and west.
A layer of reflective glass adds to the solar protection concept completed by roller blinds on the inside.
Every floor boasts panoramic views toward the gulf to the east, the port to the south, Doha city on the west, and the desert on the north.
The entrance is carved into the landscape; the tower surrounded by planted slopes rising toward the lobby and its glass canopy.
The internal glass atrium rises a stunning 112m up to the 27nd floor.
Nouvel states that “tall and slim, glittering in its silvery laced silhouette against the skyline, the tower is bound to become a fine landmark on the Doha Corniche”.
(includes information from “Architecture in the Emirates” by Philip Jodidio , Taschen 2007)
Ateliers JEAN NOUVEL
July 2002 / July 2003 : Planning
August 2004 / February 2007 : construction
March 2010 : Completion
H.E. Sheikh Saoud Al-Thani
Planning: Consultant Structure TERRELL INTERNATIONAL
Chantier : Consultant Structure : SOCOTEC INTERNATIONAL, M. Alain Sabah
Consultant Fluides : IAN BANHAM and ASSOCIATES
Facade: B C S S.A
Security: SOCOTEC INTERNATIONAL
QS : EUROPTIMA
Acoustics : AVEL ACOUSTIQUE
Landscape : HARDY Ingénieurs et Paysages
Parking : J.-P. MOLE S.A.
Kitchen : PLURICONSULT
Surveyor : M T C SURVEYS
QS : GARDINER & THEOBALD INTERNATIONAL, M. Chris Mentell
GLEEDS GULF, M. Douglas Bayley – Project Manager
M. Mamoon Atout – Construction Manager
PROJECT ARCHITECT :
Planning : Hafid Rakem, Ingrid Menon
Construction : Hafid Rakem
PROJECT ARCHITECT ASSISTANT:
Planning : Marie-Hélène Baldran, Vincent Laplante
Emmanuel Biard, Antoine Bordenave, Gian Luca Ferrarini, Lina Ghotmeh, Nick Gilliland, Eva Grimard, Nicolas Laisne, Marie Maillard, Stefan Matthys, Barbara Sajgalikova, Carmen Salinas, Anna Sans, Anne Traband, Elodie Vadepied, Camille Vidal, Nives Voinov, Nabila Zerrouki.
Office tower, 231 m, restaurant
USABLE FLOOR AREA :
GROSS FLOOR AREA :
100 000 000 Euros