ICOR - Iraq
Qatar Faculty for Islamic Studies
Mr. Al Hiti, representing Squadra Architects was commissioned as a façade consultant to design, supervise and execute calligraphic patterns for an ultra modern scheme for QFIS. Squadra offered designs, utilizing calligraphy not only as a readable, visual, aesthetic element, but also as an architectural and environmental one, that harmonize with the ultra modern concept of this project. The designs included proposals for materials, fixing methods, finishes and fittings. The design process started from the visualization of the façades in three dimensions in order to assess the impact of ornamental elements in terms of shade and shadow not only on the external façades but also on the internal spaces. Once the client/ end user had approved the three-dimensional presentation, a flattened version of the façade was produced to work out the patterns and designs in two dimensions in order to give production guidance to manufacturers. The project has been under construction since June 2011 and is due for completion mid 2013.
Silver House Office Tower
This is an eight storey office tower block designed for a private developer in the Omani capital, Muscat. A design competition was announced and Squadra’s design was awarded the first place. A full detail design followed and the project is now under construction. The winning design responds to the project’s brief, which specifically emphasised the relationship between classic and modern, so that the identity of the building matches the generally low-level skyline of Muscat, while offering a commercially viable solution in the shape of office space which can be rented to different tenants/ users.
This is a 118,000 square meter new build on an artificial island half a kilometer off the shore of Doha. The 18 storey building is proposed to hold the offices of HH Shaikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, Emir of Qatar. The body of the building is designed as a crescent with a helipad in the form of a star, with reference to the Islamic identity of the country. The main building consists of 18 storeys sitting on 12 columns, symbolizing the national day of Qatar on the18th of December. At the very heart of the £150 million structure, the Emir’s office is located in such a way as to give direct views to Doha’s skyline from one side and the seaside from the other. A golden calligraphic skin is wrapped around the seaside elevation like a traditional “Mashrabiyah" screen that filters light coming in and out of the internal area. The structure is also designed to hold a conference centre, VIP suites, a boat marina, a flag yard and large landscaped areas.
Xenia Hotel Fit-out
This project is a £2.5 million fit-out to upgrade an existing 3-star central London hotel (Cromwell Road) to 4-star. Squadra has been commissioned to design and supervise the upgrade for typical guest-rooms/ bathrooms as well as the ground floor entrance/front desk, lift lobby, the re-fit of an existing Italian restaurant, a new delicatessen, a new bar and a cigar terrace, along with the rehabilitation of the front elevation, main entrances and all existing terraces. The theme of the new interior design has been set by the client to respect the classic nature of the existing building and its surroundings, with a hint of modernity to add that extra special edge and to make the hotel an up-to-date rendezvous for locals as well as visitors.