Zaha Hadid Architects have released plans for a 70,000 square meter (750,000 square foot) hotel and residential tower in the Marina District of Lusail City, Qatar. The design is the first of two ZHA projects commissioned by H.H. Sheikh Mohammed Bin Khalifa Al Thani for Lusail City’s integrated community master plan, which when complete will become Qatar’s first and largest sustainable city, providing entertainment, employment and accommodation for up to 450,000 residents and visitors.
ZHA’s design for the 38-story hotel and residential tower takes inspiration from the structure of the Desert Hyacinth, a flowering plant native to the Arabian Gulf. The building consists of a 9-pointed podium surrounding a central core defined by the interlacing, flowing geometries of the hyacinth.
The façade system utilizes the traditional element of the ornamental mashrabiya to protect the building from the hot Arabian climate by reducing solar gain. The building’s fluid form and calligraphic and geometric patterns also take inspiration from the region’s vernacular architecture, creating relationships between program elements by connecting domes to ceilings, ceilings to walls, and walls to floors.
To coincide with Lusail City’s environmental sustainability initiative, ZHA will be working with global engineering leaders Arup and Atelier Ten to develop a sophisticated building model to optimize building performance.
“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 hotel and residential tower is scheduled to be completed in 2020, with subsequent phases of the Lusail City Masterplan to be announced at a future date.
ArchitectZaha Hadid Architects
DesignZaha Hadid & Patrick Schumacher
ZHA Project DirectorCharles Walker
ZHA Project AssociateTariq Khayyat
ZHA Project ArchitectKutbuddin Nadiadi
ZHA Project TeamGerry Cruz, Drew Merkle, Dennis Brezina, Alia Faisal Zayani,Alessandra Lazzoni, Matthew Le Grice, Mu Ren, Alexandra Fisher, Kwanphil Cho,Joris Pauwels, Jose Pareja Gomez, Katherina Hieger, Konstantinos Psomas, Leo Alves, Mei-Ling Lin, Nicholette Chan, Yifan Zhang
Structure and Facade EngineersArup
MEP and SustainabilityAtelier Ten
Hotel ConsultantGC Hotel Consultancy
Food Services ConsultantTricon
PhotographsCourtesy of Zaha Hadid Architects