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Un-built: Staff Housing Villas at the Sidra Medical Research Centre, Qatar

June 7, 2011

Allen Jack+Cottier, Arup and Woods Bagot’s scheme for a housing project in Doha draws inspiration from the Qatar landscape.

Allen Jack+Cottier was invited by the Qatar Foundation to participate in an international competition to design a residential development on a 20 hectare site for the staff of Sidra Medical Research Centre at Education City, Doha, Qatar.

AJ+C initiated the design and subsequently formed a joint venture with Arup and Woods Bagot to provide full service delivery for the project. All three parties contributed to the final scheme and presentation, along with input from other consultants.

The scheme, entitled ‘Desert Canopy’, drew inspiration from the Qatar landscape, in particular, the table mountains of Dukhan Anticline and the shifting sand dunes. The rich use of geometry in the buildings and decorative arts of the Islamic world is also reflected in the design. The brief called for a self-contained neighbourhood in close proximity to the Centre, consisting of over 2000 apartments and villas for doctors, nurses and administrative staff, with separate compounds for the three tiers of staff.

Central to each compound is the community hall with pool and outdoor entertainment area, all accessible from each dwelling to encourage socialising. In addition, a neighbourhood centre provides a general store, coffee shop/restaurant, mosque, day care centre, indoor sports centre and maintenance depot.

*Team* Allen Jack + Cottier: Reg Smith, Jane Johnson, Andrew Parker; Arup: Ronan Delaney; Woods Bagot: Robert Cahill

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