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New photographs of OMA’s Qatar Foundation Headquarters revealed by Yueqi Jazzy Li
Qatar Architecture News - Jan 25, 2017 - 17:47 19742 views
New photographs of Qatar Foundation Headquarters and SCC have been revealed by Yueqi Jazzy Li. Architecture photographer Yueqi Jazzy Li visited OMA's recently completed Qatar Foundation Headquarters and SCC buildings in Qatar, Doha.
''The newly opened Qatar Foundation Headquarters building is a quintessential OMA project. The program becomes the driver of the design and is manifested as complex volumes of space on display,'' said Yueqi Jazzy Li.
OMA's Qatar Foundation Headquarters is dedicated to fostering scientific research and community development in the region, and is chaired by Sheikha Mozah Bint Nasser As-Missned. For the Foundation’s new headquarters, its unique identity and authority was best embodied in the stable form of a generic cube.
Occupying a total of 29,000 square-metre area, the building's program includes offices, auditorium and conference rooms. The simplicity of the cube contrasts sharply and owners proudly above the prevalent irregular-shaped buildings in Education City and in Doha generally.
NLÉ was the project principal and Associate-in-charge for OMA's building and Philip Nadeau is the interior designer of the project. In the site, two types of buildings serve for different functions with their Cubic and elevated-frowsty forms.
Qatar Foundation Headquarters is a Cubic- 12-storey building with its basement-was planned to be a world-class office facility that will accommodate the QF support staff & the executive offices for Her Highness Sheikha Mozah bint Nasser Al Missned. The building has the most prominent position in the Education City, as well as a landmark building within the Education City.
The SSC is a 3-storey & basement building adjacent to the Qatar Foundation Headquarters. This building will be utilized by RAND stakeholders and provides office space and facilities.
''This may not be the sense one gets when viewing the building from the outside, as it sits confidently on the elevated plinth as a simple cubic form with the upper part floated above a continuous slot. Once inside however, if feels as if one has entered the deep construct of a sophisticated musical instrument. The multi-leveled atrium offers kaleidoscopic views of different spaces, ranging from auditoria, meeting rooms, sky bridges, to offices and cafes,'' said the photographer.
''The off the shelf glass and aluminum wall system here create magnifying reflections from all angles and may be visually unpleasing to some, but the alternating soffit joinery detail is quite commendable'', he added.
''The 7th level is perhaps the most exciting place of the building where a series of amenity spaces fill the floor, with a terrace space all around. The structural gymnastics allowed this terrace to be completely column free, creating an exhilarating feeling from the inside and a gravity defying reading from the outside, as if the upper volume simply hovers over the lower one,'' said Yueqi Jazzy Li.
''The exterior form however, cleverly conceals and simplifies this playful inner working by shielding the interior against the harsh desert sun with a gridded precast facade and roof''.
The main headquarter building is joined by a three storey Strategy Study Center building through a unifying elevated plaza, where the gridded motif is again executed in the landscape design'', he added.
''A bold and clear concept built with fine craftsmanship and attention to detail, this building certainly meets the objective of becoming a world class office and assembly facility for Qatar's burgeoning education city but goes above and beyond that by showcasing a welcoming attitude to all visitors and an open mindedness towards a progressive architecture,'' he added.
All images © Yueqi Jazzy Li
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