Three years of intensive research was invested in ensuring that the blueprint of Msheireb Downtown Doha integrated the true spirit and aesthetics of Qatari architecture with modern, highly functional and sustainable development.
Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser, established Msheireb Properties with a mandate to
address a gap in the architectural history of Qatar and rediscover a unique form of Qatari urban development. Msheireb Properties aims to understand and implement how the best of the past, and modern innovative technologies and thinking,
can blend to create a new architectural language in Qatar. Msheireb Downtown is both, the rebirth of a neighbourhood and the reawakening of an architectural heritage that is in danger of extinction. The principles of progress and tradition, freedom and responsibility, new and old cultures, and innovation and stability, form the bedrock of the project.
Three years of intensive research
was invested in ensuring that the
blueprint of Msheireb Downtown
Doha integrated the true spirit and
aesthetics of Qatari architecture
with modern, highly functional and
sustainable development. Dubbed the
‘Seven Steps’, this new architectural
language was created to counteract
the depletion of Qatar’s unique
cultural and architectural heritage.
A key objective of the Msheireb project
is to re-energise the core of the city
and create a hub of activity, where
people return once again to live, work,
shop and spend time with family and
friends. The design of the urban space
draws on traditional techniques for
dealing with climate, and emphasises close-knit pedestrian districts
where all amenities are within close
Msheireb Properties launched an
international competition in 2008 to
select the best architects to design a
world-class urban landscape for this
seminal project. The challenge was to find those that could interpret in modern terms, a vernacular that
could bridge the gap between the
Doha of the past and the Doha of
tomorrow. The ultimate winners
were selected from a shortlist of 10 firms out of 94 by an eminent jury of academics and architects.