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Qatar Science and Technology Park | Woods Bagot | RESEARCH INSTITUTIONAL
Because the client wanted to attract big names,
it had to offer something no other science park
offered. QSTP offers complete flexibility. The
buildings are designed with a space between the
floors so that new services or plant equipment can
be brought in without interfering with the internal
spaces. Equally, because of the mesh screening on
the exterior, services could be run up the outside of
the building without being seen.
The interconnected system of buildings and
modular buildings creates a space where people
can meet in the forecourts and atria, so that there is
interaction between the scientists, the commercial
developers of the product and the lecturers.
Today, QSTP houses Fortune 500 companies
such as Chevron, ExxonMobil, Shell, Microsoft, and
Virgin Industries who are undertaking cutting-edge
research and development projects.
While most of the detail is revealed inside the
buildings, the iconic wave-like roof of the veil
structure against flat perforated screen facades
creates exuberance and aspiration for the users of
the QSTP, as well as an urban landmark for the city.
Drawing on the idea of the veil from traditional
Islamic architecture, the Incubator Centre has a
double skin of perforated stainless steel, finely
detailed to accommodate its curvaceous form.
The project has received awards internationally,
including the National Winner Technical Building
Project of the Year; MEED Quality Awards for
Projects, 2011, Overall Winner; LEAF Awards 2009,
Commercial Building of the Year; LEAF Awards
2009, Supreme Judges Award; Construction Week
Awards 2009, Commercial/Mixed Use Project of the
Year; Cityscape Dubai Awards 2009 and more.
QATAR SCIENCE AND
ARCHITECT | Woods Bagot.
BRIEF | To create a physical and virtual hub for the
knowledge economy in Qatar that is unique to its
location and of global stature. The design needed to
resonate with local communities and attract international
partners as a global best-practice research and
BUILD TIME | Design period: 2004–2006.
Construction period: 2006–2008.
FEATURES | Externally – the palette of materials is
comprised principally of steel, glass, stone and concrete.
Internally – translucent glazed vertical panels to tenancy
walls, stainless steel woven mesh to stair balustrades and
patterned translucent glazed panels feature overhead.
This is balanced with the warmth of natural materials
such as travertine stone floors and beautifully grained
and solid timber ribbed acoustic wall panelling.
LOCATION | Qatar.
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