This new ‘village’ on the outskirts of Doha will provide 1,165 flats for the nursing staff of the new Sidra Hospital, as part of the wider Education City development. The new community will have a mix of one and two bedroom flats plus a small mosque for 250 people, community centre with a pool, gymnasium and multi-purpose hall and commercial units for restaurants, cafes and other amenities.
The masterplan is created by a strong east-west grain, two main diagonal access routes, a central square, two north-south secondary roads and a central ‘Sikka’, a traditional form of pedestrian alleyway. Two and three-storey bar buildings are positioned to form a courtyard between the buildings and a ‘Baraha’ space (a carved, open square found in historic Qatari settlements) for parking between blocks.
The buildings are composed of duplex units and clustered single stair internal corridor units. Along the diagonal streets and a central square, the buildings are finished with simple, robust stone cladding.
Mazaya, Qatar (developer)