xvstudio: alpha project xvstudio: alpha project
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 harshclimate 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 sustainable. 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 the connection between the interior and exterior of the building. the exterior pergolas shade the pathways that wind through the landscaped gardens.

the pool and outdoor area

the shaded section

foyer

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

  • wow, wow, wow, i love it!!!

    mago says:
  • it seems like origamic architecture
    sooooooooo Wonderful

    E.Jabbah says:
  • I like the ground levels but the building is an eyesore if you have to see it every day
    http://worldmanabouttown.wordpress.com/

    World Man About Town says:
  • Head turner of a building d;-)

    Jetwax says:
  • Incredible;)

    arch says:
  • looks like something my cat regurgitated – why does so much of this dribble impress so many people? it is simply a bad 3-D rendering of a horrible aesthetic with no conceptual framework – no connection to the fabric of the ‘City’

    Calif. - Architect says:
  • i like it a lot. it is a new concept of tower in my opinion. i don´t think it is unlinked of the city of Doha, maybe it fits better than all these glass towers around the Corniche. have you ever seen a tower like this in the middle east?

    archiwhat says:
  • What a depressing collection of images. Not one of these illustrations conveys any sense of humanity. May this project never see the light of day.

    Exasperated of Ealing says:
  • what a cool shape!!! i would like to be there

    warmy says:
  • the more i look at it the more i understand it is very cool

    leavo says:
  • Beautiful on the inside and outside. Other pretty building for the Arab countries !

    Son Goku says:
  • Muy bien. Magnifico! Apoyo para XVSTUDIO.

    Felipe Wang says:
  • Crappy design. It’s like it’s taken off a student’s final project! Grow up y’all!

    Realist says:
  • excellent project. i like the approach in terms of design and the sustainability integration. i give my support to Xavier Vilalta Studio too!

    karim says:
  • Very interesting structure. To try your hand at similar patterns, visit http://www.geopersia.com.

    azrlindsey says:
  • Considero que es un gran proyecto.Muchas felicidades y mucha suerte.

    Francesc says:
  • Proyecto de las Naciones, Unidas Es espectacular, original y Sostenible. Tanto Las Habitaciones, salón y piscina estan presididas Por Una luz impresionantes Naturales, Las Diferentes Zonas de Servicios Crean Entorno Impresionante la ONU. Por Otro Lado El aire Aprovechamiento de las Corrientes de Agua y es espectacular.

    Mucha suerte sin Este Proyecto

    Félix Guarnido says:
  • Bonito, original y sobre todo sostenible, creo que este es el buen camino para la nueva arquitectura.
    Suerte y segir por este camino.

    Agustin Belmonte says:
  • It is a wonderful project, an explosion of light and design, playing well with the spaces and use systems of water and air.

    My congratulations to the architects!

    félix says:
  • Desde N5, estudio de arquitectura y restauración enviamos nuestra enhorabuena a nuestros colegas de XVStudio por el original e iconográfico diseño que han realizado. Suerte.

    Luis Nieves says:
  • Very interesting, unusual, original project!
    This looks amazing and at the same time it is reliable and comfortable, a lot of space and ligh.
    The project of future, without doubts!

    Nina says:
  • Espectacular,original, un gran proyecto, felicidades y mucha suerte para XVStudio.

    MªDolores González says:
  • a wonderful asset, a yoke of shadows and lucinon only horizontally but also vertically!
    amazing!

    skin says:
  • I see this project as something new, I’m sure these architects don’t agree with the way the middle east cities are growing and they propose a building that has been designed specially for qatar.
    You may like it or not, but it absolutely goes a step further…other architects building there or in abu dhabi haven’t take into account all parameters when designing their buildings.

    good luck guys!

    lighthouse says:
  • Increible diseño y volumetria, una gran obra, sin duda. Mucha suerte en su edificación

    Alberto says:
  • this is gorgeus! i love it!

    congrats xvstudio!

    lena says:
  • I WOULD LIKE TO SAY THAT THE COMMENTS WRITTEN HERE SHOULD BE MORE CONSTRUCTIVE IN SPITE OF DE-CONSTRUCTIVE. WE SHOULDN’T FORGET THAT THIS TYPE OF PROPOSALS ARE MADE FOR A REALLY SPECIAL CLIENT, WHO REALLY EXPRESS THE NEEDS OF THE BUILDING, EVEN MORE IF WE TALK ABOUT SUCH AN ANCIENT CULTURE AS QATAR’S. I FEEL THIS PROJECT HAS INVOLVED LOT OF HARD WORK, SO I’M SURE THE SHAPE WE SEE HAS SOMETHING BEHIND THAT MAKE IT INTERESTING AND REALLY COMPLEX. I KNOW THAT CONNECTING THE TOWERS ISN’T A NEW IDEA BUT IN THIS CASE IT MAKES THE COMPLEX SEEM A WHOLE, CREATING INTERESTING SPACES AS THE ONE IN WHERE WE SEE THE ENTRANCE POINT. THE ORGANIC SHAPE RELATED WITH THE ARABIC PATTERN MAKE IT FITS PERFECTLY IN QATAR AND MAKE IT POSSIBLE TO CREATE SHADOW AS THE MOST IMPORTANT OBJECTIVE. GOOD JOB.

    Kus says:
  • This project looks airy, gracious and lively.There is a magical movement inside it.

    OX says:

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