Msheireb Downtown Doha is set to revive the old commercial district with a new architectural language that is modern yet inspired by traditional Qatari heritage. The DNA of Msheireb’s new Qatari architectural language can be adapted to developments anywhere in the world.
The ideas embodied in ‘Seven Steps’ emphasise social integration through urban design, focusing on extended families, kinship ties, social activity, local economy, collective identity, and an elevated awareness of the environment. An intensive three- year research process has gone into all aspects of Qatari architecture, including materials, designs, layouts and decorations, as well as underlying concepts such as durability, functionality and aesthetics.
The Seven Steps
Msheireb’s architectural language was developed as a three year collaboration by some of the world’s leading architects, academics and urban planners. Msheireb Properties defined the core discoveries of this research effort in the ‘Seven Steps’ –a declaration for an entirely new architectural language that will take Qatar’s architectural development into the future. The Seven Steps integrate the spirit and aesthetics of Qatari architecture with the best that sustainable design and modern technology have to offer. Ultimately, it aims to restore the uniqueness of Qatar’s built environment and the strong social ties that once defined Qatari society.
To achieve continuity between the past, the present and the future by finding timeless motifs and techniques. Respecting time honoured traditions and applying them in a new way.
Individual & Collective
To achieve harmony and cohesion within the city by promoting diversity, while ensuring that buildings by diverse architects are bound together by a common language.
Space and Form
To reflect the character and informality of the traditional ‘carved city’. Buildings are not objects; they are part of an ‘urban clay’ from which spaces and forms are carved.
To deliver an exceptional living environment; offering privacy and security together with generous indoor and outdoor spaces overlapping. A spirit of family and a sense of community.
To create a lasting setting for a vibrant street life. A shaded environment with pedestrian priority. Arcades and frontages designed to create a comfortable and memorable network of places.
Designing for Climate
To use technology old and new, to achieve maximum comfort with minimum energy use. To create shade, minimise heat gains and harness the natural forces of the sun and wind.
A New language of Architecture
To build on Qatari architectural tradition by using a new language, rich in reference and strong in resonance; flexible, to be spoken in many accents but consistent, to be understood by all.