HOK’s sleek Qatar mall gets green light

HOK’s sleek Qatar mall gets green light

HOK London has been granted planning approval from Lusail Municipality for its Marina Mall design on the east coast of Qatar.

The design is said to be inspired by natural forms created when water and land meet. Five interconnected retail ‘islands’ link the mall to a body of water that runs through the centre of the scheme.

The mall includes three levels, with an additional 10,000m2 hypermarket in the basement. It will also house cinemas, restaurants with terraces overlooking the marina, and spa facilities.

Water guides the visitor through the mall, leading to and from the marina, while internal waterfalls connect the different levels. Spaces between the five pebble-shaped islands will be landscaped.

Smaller outlying pods house will house additional retail, exhibition and entertainment space, such as a skate park and children’s play area.

Barry Hughes, vice president HOK London, said: “Lusail, Qatar’s future city, will offer the very latest in modern urban living and it was important that the design of Marina Mall complement that inspirational vision.

“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 project is aiming for QSA 5, the top ranking in Qatar’s green building index.

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