Airport Visitor and Information Centre   Doha, Qatar

Consolidating all of its meteorological departments in one location, the new centre creates a range of workspaces for adaptable or highly technical use at Doha’s Hamad International Airport. High-quality exhibition spaces, a media room and comfortable communal spaces also feature in the design.

Housed in a distinctive honeycomb skin of glazed ceramic tiles, the cladding creates a solar shield against Qatar’s unyielding heat. Carefully chosen apertures at lower levels give selective views out and minimise heat gain; the uppermost level accommodates a shaded roof terrace, which creates a place for relaxation that is protected from solar glare yet gives expansive views across the aviation campus.

Beneath, the podium includes facilities shared with the neighbouring Qatar Civil Aviation Authority Headquarters, also designed by Grimshaw. This provides parking, direct access to the transit system and a 350-seat auditorium equipped with leading technology.

Forming a singular counterpoint to the headquarter building, the centre unites quality amenities with environmental strategies, creating a comfortable, informative place for staff and the public alike.

Location
Doha, Qatar

Project Type
Culture and Exhibition Halls →

Client
New Doha International Airport City

Area
8,000 sq m

Status
Concept