All images courtesy of Zaha Hadid Architects
As part of Lusail city’s masterplan to create a sustainable, integrated community in Qatar, Zaha Hadid Architects has envisioned two schemes for Al Alfia Holding. In 2013, company Chairman H.H. Sheikh Mohammed Bin Khalifa Al Thani commissioned the practice to conceive two projects for the area — the first of which is now in its initial stages of development.
In the city’s marina district, Zaha Hadid Architects plans a 38-storey, 70,000 square metre hotel with residential apartments, slated for completion in 2020. The formal composition of the building is informed by the organic structure of the desert hyacinth — a flowering plant native to the landscape of the Arabian Gulf. ‘We often look at nature’s systems when we work to create environments; at her unrivalled logic and coherence,’ Hadid previously explained. The nine-pointed form of the structure’s podium surrounds a central core defined by the fluid geometries of the hyacinth — a motif embedded within the region’s architectural heritage. A filigreed mashrabiya façade wraps around the building, reducing solar gain. Continuous calligraphic and geometric patterns are integrated in domes, ceilings, walls and floors, blurring the distinction between architectural elements.
Working alongside Arup Engineering and Atelier Ten, the architects’ vision for the project responds to the current and future environmental challenges, while providing comfortable living spaces for residents, guests, visitors and staff. ‘With truly inspirational public spaces and atrium, 120 unique residences and 200 hotel rooms of Zaha Hadid’s unmistakable signature, we celebrate her remarkable legacy and continue Lusail city’s commitment to creating the region’s most sustainable, interconnected community,‘ said H.H. Sheikh Mohammed Bin Khalifa Al Thani, Chairman of Al Alfia Holding.
The second of Hadid’s designs will be built within the on-going plan for the future development of the city.