UNStudio designs stations for phase one of the doha metro UNStudio designs stations for phase one of the doha metro
sep 17, 2014

UNStudio designs stations for phase one of the doha metro

UNStudio designs stations for phase one of the doha metro
all images courtesy of UNStudio

 

 

 

as principal architects for the qatar integrated railway project (QIRP), UNStudio will complete a metro network that will serve as the primary public transport system within the greater doha area. the first phase of the project includes around 35 initial stations, while the subsequent stage will add a further 60 stations to the system. the full network is planned to comprise four lines connecting the al khor, and al wakrah-mesaieed communities located north and south of doha respectively. the design references the region’s vernacular architecture, acting as a bridge between the country’s past and future.

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the metro network will serve as the primary public transport system within the greater doha area

 

 

 

UNStudio has also developed an ‘architectural branding manual’ comprising a set of guidelines, details and material outlines that will assure the spatial quality and clarity of the entire network. the manual will be used by appointed contractors to implement and deliver the first phase of stations.

 

the celebration of arriving and departing has always been found in the design of stations, explained ben van berkel, co-founder of UNStudio. ‘for the QIRP we devised an adaptive parametric system which creates open, light and welcoming interiors for each of the individual stations. traditional qatari architectural features are reinterpreted to incorporate new, transformative qualities which capture daylight and direct this into the interiors, creating uplifting and luminous atmospheres.

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the first phase of the project includes around 35 stations

 

 

 

one of the design’s key concepts is to create varying scales of identity for the user: network identity – reflecting the overall qatar rail brand; line identity – achieved by creating different atmospheres among the network’s four lines; and station identity – with different features positioned at strategic points in areas of each station. expanding upon the region’s historical architecture, a series of vaulted spaces are incorporated throughout the proposed scheme, referencing the lightness of the dhow sail and the tensile profiles of nomadic tent.

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the full network is planned to comprise four integrated lines

 

 

 

ben van berkel continued: through the production of a design manual and with the use of adaptive parametric design, it has been possible for us to create a design with many variants, yet one which maintains a coherent identity throughout all of the stations. in this way, we can combine local contextual differences within an overall identity and parametrically adapt physical factors such as wayfinding, daylight penetration, passenger flows, constructive elements etc. in a complex but extremely disciplined system.’

UNStudio qatar integrated railway doha metro network designboom
the design references vernacular architecture, acting as a bridge between the country’s past and future

UNStudio qatar integrated railway doha metro network designboom
different features are positioned at strategic points in areas of each station

UNStudio qatar integrated railway doha metro network designboom
vaulted spaces reference the tensile profiles of nomadic tents

 

project info:

 

client: qatar railways company
location:
doha, qatar
program:
‘qatar integrated railway project’ (QIRP), presently under development by the qatar railways company (rail), comprises a complete railway system, consisting of 4 metro lines with approximately 100 stations
status: design phase

 

UNStudio: ben van berkel, astrid piber with nuno almeida, arjan dingsté and rené rijkers, marianthi tatari, juergen heinzel, rob henderson, jaap-willem kleijwegt, tom minderhoud and wael batal, thomas van bekhoven, ergin birinci, william de boer, eric caspers, leonhard clemens, bas cuppen, gokcen dadas, eric eelman, giacomo garziano, ger gijzen, albert gnodde, ricardo guedes, maud van hees, maarten heinis, lars van hoften, marc hoppermann, sebastian janusz, nemanja kordić, dennis krassenburg, samuel liew, guomin lin, alberto martinez, gerben modderman, patrik noome, maurizio papa, bruno peris, clare porter, attilio ranieri, thys schreij, georgios siokas, luke tan, yi-ju tseng, menno trautwein, gerasimos vamvakidis, laertis vassiliou, sander versluis, philip wilck, jooyoun yoon, martin zangerl, meng zhao, jennifer zitner, seyavash zohoori

 

structure / MEP: RHDHV
facade engineering: inhabit
lighting engineering: ag licht
wayfinding: mijksenaar
passenger flow analysis: MIC – mobility in chain
fire and life safety: AECOM

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