Doha Tower

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Official Name Doha Tower
Other Names Burj Qatar, Doha High Rise Office Building
Structure Type Building
Status Completed
Country Qatar
City Doha
Street Address & Map Al Corniche Street
Postal Code 7863
Building Function office
Structural Material concrete/steel
Proposed 2004
Construction Start 2005
Completion 2012
Official Website Doha Tower
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Regional Ranking #95 Tallest in Middle East
National Ranking #6 Tallest in Qatar
City Ranking #6 Tallest in Doha

Companies Involved

Owner H.E. Sheikh Saoud Bin Mohamed Bin Ali Al-Thani; H.E. Sheikh Saoud Bin Mohamed Bin Ali Al-Thani
Developer H.E. Sheikh Saoud Bin Mohamed Bin Ali Al-Thani
Design Ateliers Jean Nouvel
Structural Engineer
Design CCDI Group; Terrell Group
MEP Engineer
Design Terrell Group
Main Contractor China State Construction Engineering Corporation
Other Consultant
• Marketing Wordsearch
• Wind Centre Scientifique et Technique du Bâtiment
Material Supplier
• Elevator KONE

About Doha Tower

Located on a prominent coastline thoroughfare in the Qatari capital, Al Corniche Street, Doha Tower adds a prominent yet subtle addition to the Doha cityscape. Located near the ministries and government departments as well as the future Al Bidda metro station, the location on the waterfront is ideal. The cylindrical form of the tower was decided upon for its efficiency in floor-to-window area and relative distances between offices and elevators. Additionally, the core of the building has been shifted off-center to allow more flexible floor area for the office spaces.

Overlooking the Gulf, the tower provides floors of offices, a restaurant with panoramic views, and a private residence at the penthouse. The tower is topped by a full-span dome and a spire, and clad entirely in an intricately patterned stainless steel screen.

The cladding system is a reference to the traditional Islamic “mashrabiya,” or artistic screen used for shading or room dividing. The design for the system involved using a single geometric motif at several scales, overlaid at different densities along the façade. The overlays occur in response to the solar conditions: 25% opacity was placed on the north elevation, 40% on the south, and 60% on the east and west. From afar, the screen appears as a uniform density, but the intricacy of the layering and scaling of the screens becomes apparent at a closer viewpoint, lending the building multiple textural experiences.

Behind the shading layer is a typical curtain wall system that is accessed for maintenance from walkways in the cavity between the two layers. User-operable solar shades are also available behind the glazed curtain wall. The overall façade system is estimated to reduce cooling loads by 20%. At night, an integrated lighting system enhances the delicate screen with programmable light shows.

The base of the tower has a 25-meter-wide pergola to provide a shaded entry, as well as a lushly planted garden. A gentle grade slopes down to the lobby entrance, emphasizing the tower’s connection to the earth supporting it. Landscaping covers 40% of the site, adding to the pedestrian experience. Below grade, three levels of parking accommodate a total of 870 cars solely for the office tenants.

A large interior atrium houses eight glass lifts; the atrium reaches a height of 112 meters, up to level 27 which offers a transfer lobby between low- and high-zones. The transparent lifts offer views of the surrounding city. The structure of the tower is a non-traditional concrete diagrid with canted columns forming an X-shaped framing system. This system creates a unique effect in the office spaces in conjunction with the façade screen. In contrast to more typical office towers, the spatial quality of the interior is one of ever-changing patterns of light and texture, breaking the standard of monotony.

The office floors are flexible and allow a variety of configurations. In addition, the latest technology has been provided for office tenants, including fiber optic telephone cables and satellite TV. Though the efficiency of the plan was the highest priority, the overall form of the building gives each floor a unique size and a slightly different effect.

In an unexpected twist from most office towers, a grand private residence is located within the dome of the tower at 182 meters above ground level. The luxury residence has its own private entrance into the building and elevator service, along with private access to the adjacent restaurant below. The breathtaking effect of the culmination of the dome structure and screen creates a truly singular space. Included in the residence are a sauna and pool along with typical residential amenities. Offering 360 degree views of the surrounding city, the residence is truly like no other.

Building upon previous projects, the design team utilized knowledge gained in other contexts to bring the building full-circle. The tower makes a distinct and direct connection to the local culture and practice through the use of the façade screen while responding to the climate appropriately. The design provides a flexible, efficient, and interesting workplace for office occupants and considers the needs of the owner. Lastly, the building makes an iconic statement and stands as a trademark of the Doha skyline in both daytime and nighttime though its textural façade and integrated architectural lighting.

CTBUH Initiatives

CTBUH Representatives Accompany Saudi Visit to Qatar, UAE
Oct 2014 – Tour Report

Gartner Steel and Glass on Challenges in Façade Construction
15 Jan 2013 – Event Report

Doha Tower Chosen as Featured Building
Nov 2012 – Featured Tall Building

More Initiatives

CTBUH Initiatives Related to Doha Tower

CTBUH Representatives Accompany Saudi Visit to Qatar, UAE
Oct 2014 – Tour Report
Henning Larsen Architects have been commissioned to design a sizable new headquarters building for a key Saudi organization and visited similar projects in Qatar and UAE.
Gartner Steel and Glass on Challenges in Façade Construction
15 Jan 2013, Doha – Event Report
Two directors from Gartner, one of the world's largest fabricators and erectors of façades, present on the challenges of façade construction and the use of cable façades.
Doha Tower Chosen as Featured Building
Nov 2012, Doha – Featured Tall Building
Doha Tower stands out for its deft and subtle sensitivity to culture, context, and climate.
Best Tall Building Worldwide 2012: Doha Tower
Nov 2012, Doha – Event
Doha Tower was recognized as the overall "Best Tall Building Worldwide" and "Best Tall Building Middle East & Africa" in the 2012 CTBUH Awards Program.
Doha Tower Named Best Tall Building Worldwide
19 Oct 2012, Chicago – Awards Event Report
Doha Tower was recognized as the overall "Best Tall Building Worldwide" and "Best Tall Building Middle East & Africa" in the 2012 CTBUH Awards Program.
CTBUH Activities in Qatar
22-27 Sep 2010, Doha – Event Report
The local CTBUH Qatar Chapter organized their 2nd regional meeting, while CTBUH Communications Manager Jan Klerks was invited to speak at TowerTech trade fair in Doha.
Doha Tower Tech
12-15 Oct 2009, Doha – Event Report
CTBUH Research & Communications Manager Jan Klerks and Trustee William Maibusch represented the CTBUH as the guests of honor during the TowerTech fair in Doha.


Best Tall Building Middle East & Africa: Doha Tower: Reflecting Culture
18 Oct 2012 – Hassan Al Duhaimi, HBS Company

CTBUH 11th Annual Awards Dinner
18 Oct 2012 – Dinner 2012

Interview: Doha Tower
18 Oct 2012 – Hassan Al Duhaimi, HBS Company

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