DIWAN AMIRI QUARTER

Doha, Qatar

The Diwan Amiri Quarter, ‘Phase 1A’ of the Msheireb Downtown Doha Masterplan, is a group of three stone-clad public buildings amounting to approximately 150,000 sqm of development. This family of buildings comprises the Diwan Annexe – an administrative building for the Emir’s Staff, the Amiri Guards’ barracks and the Qatar National Archive. They are located at the prominent North East corner of the Msheireb site, directly south of the Diwan, the Emir’s headquarters, and west of the city’s historic souq.

The three buildings are designed as a cluster of urban blocks related to the grain of the wider masterplan and the adjacent parts of the city. The northern fa├žade of the group takes the form of a grand colonnade, a civic frontage to Al Rayyan Road, a backdrop to the Diwan and Masjid al Sheikh, an important local mosque.

As the first manifestation of the Msheireb Downtown Doha masterplan, these three buildings embody ambitious environmental standards and the architectural principles and guidelines developed by Allies and Morrison as part of the masterplan design team: an architectural vocabulary rooted in tradition while looking to the future, balancing with robustness.

Although very different in function and form, the buildings all include modern interpretations of traditional features such as internal streets and courtyards, decorative shading screens and the use of simple render and locally sourced stone.

 

David Amarasekera, Ozlem Balicadag, Peter Bayley, John Carpenter, Hina Farooqi, Andrew Green, Anna Guelzow, Francois Guyot, Sofia Henriques, Helen Logan, Tim Makower, Asako Nishimura, Mariana Rodrigues, Ian Sutherland, Stuart Thomson, Bruno de Vilhena, Oliver Wong, Jae Won Bang

 

link to Msheireb Downtown Doha masterplan

Team

Client
Msheireb Properties
Project manager
Turner International
Middle East
Masterplanner
Arup/EDAW
Engineer
Burns and McDonnell

Photography
Gerry O'Leary

Data

Area
Diwan Annexe
55,500sqm
Amiri Guard
18,900sqm
Qatar National Archive
26,000sqm
Sustainability
LEED Gold and Platinum
Location
Al Rayyan Road
Doha, Qatar