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Sleek interiors for HOK’s Marina Mall Qatar revealed
HOK has unveiled interior designs for Marina Mall, a futuristic retail and leisure facility located in Lusail on the east coast of Qatar.
Five interconnected retail islands, sculptural in shape, will be enclosed by a simple transparent membrane to create a light, sleek interior.
The sculptural white fibre-reinforced polymer shell and blue tinted glazing enclose abstracted spaces featuring water, rock and planting.
Spaces are designed to flow into one another as if formed by the ebb and flow of the Gulf, blurring the distinction between interior and exterior space.
Sculptural pods embedded in the surrounding landscape are designed to animate the public realm between the main complex and the adjacent marina, providing additional retail and leisure facilities.
Barry Hughes, vice president, HOK London, said: “The use of parametric design was critical in enabling the HOK team to produce the complex design and shape of Marina Mall. By mixing natural forms with traditional architecture typologies, we’re trying to make a technological as well as imaginative step forward in place creation.”
The mall, which totals 72,000m2 of leasable area, includes three levels, with an additional 3,500m2 hypermarket at basement level.
The complex includes cinemas, restaurants with terraced dining overlooking the marina, and spa facilities.
HOK aims to achieve QSA 5 rating for Marina Mall (LEED Platinum equivalent).