xvstudio: alpha project
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jun 11, 2010
xvstudio: alpha project

the ‘alpha project’ by xvstudio
all images courtesy xvstudio

spanish firm xvstudio (xavier vilalta studio) have won an international competition for a mixed-used
development in doha, qatar.  they have just sent in images of their winning proposal.

the alpha project is a completely self-reliant, innovative development.
the project aims to sensitively capture the essence and culture of the city of doha, with ancient
design traditions forming the fundamental basis of the plan and modern building technologies
used as a tool of expression.  it is an independent ecosystem that demonstrates a combination
of advanced building design with a historical heritage.

the ‘alpha tower’

the design is generated and molded by the surrounding environment, with
which it works
in harmony to take full advantage of the available
natural resources.  with passive design
elements inspired by the
vernacular architecture to provide stable conditions in the harsh

climate and the energy harnessed from wind, water and sun as the
primary energy sources,
it becomes a sustainable development that
combines the passive and the active systems.


the ‘alpha tower’ from a distance

the structure and planning of the scheme is efficient, advanced and
connections made across the towers improve the
accessibility and efficiency for users. 
the towers and bridges blend
together to work as a whole and frame the core, public space. 

the unique skin of the building is based on the ancient arabic pattern
of the girih tiles,
which is also used as the backbone of the
planning.  it defines and shades the semi-outdoor
spaces throughout the
interior of the building and extends outwards, strengthening
connection between the interior and exterior of the building. the
exterior pergolas shade
the pathways that wind through the landscaped

the pool and outdoor area

the shaded section


one of the exhibition spaces

interior of one of the apartments

indoor swimming pool

‘alpha’ at night

the ‘alpha’ at night

the ‘alpha’ tower at night

how the building works using wind towers, park fountains and water streams

the active sections of the tower

the energy efficient towers

the energy efficient towers – uses photovoltaic panels

site plan

the three levels of the tower

floor plan

floor plan

floor plan

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