HOK’s London office has released its design for a 60,000m² retail and leisure centre in Qatar.
The retail and leisure facility is part of the Lusail development, 15 km north of Doha city centre, and features five interconnected pebble-shaped ‘retail islands’, housing house cinemas, restaurants and spa facilities and a basement level, 10,000m² hypermarket.
According to the practice, the design was ‘inspired by the natural forms created when water and land meet’.
A water feature will run through the centre of the three-storey scheme, linking the ‘islands’ to the nearby marina and acting as a wayfinding guide for visitors. There will also be internal waterfalls and smaller pods embedded in the surrounding landscape housing exhibition spaces, skate parks and children’s play areas.
Barry Hughes, Vice President, of HOK London said: ‘We were inspired by the idea of a desert canyon, a rich and green cavern protected by the overhanging walls of sand and stone.
‘The fluid sculptural exterior complements the surrounding area, whilst the flow from exterior to interior draws people into the internal oasis, providing welcome protection from the desert sun.’