Ten finalists of the Sheraton Student Design Competition, in Qatar, presented their work to judges recently with the winner announced in the coming weeks.
The contest was launched last summer when Her Excellency Sheikha Al Mayassabint Hamad Al Thani asked VCU Qatar (Virginia Commonwealth University) to organise a student design competition for a planned remodelling of the Sheraton, which will celebrate its 30th anniversary this year.
The final was organised by VCU Qatar in partnership with Qatar Museums Authority, Qatar National Hotels Company (QNH) and the Sheraton Doha Resort and Convention Hotel.
“We are honoured to have created this opportunity for our Qatari youth to highlight their design potential, which will be showcased within QNH and Qatar’s prided landmark hotel,” said Hamad Abdulla Al Mulla, CEO, Qatar National Hotels Company.
Entries focused on redesigning five State Rooms, which are part of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries of Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Saudi Arabia, and the UAE.
Al Thani asked students to incorporate current technologies and employ sustainable design principles where possible, and pay attention to the culture of each country by developing designs that will reflect the characteristics of each country.
Each set of GCC State Rooms has a suite of six to eight rooms that include a formal majlis, dining room, kitchen, fully appointed guest rooms, and a private majlis, bedroom, and bathrooms for the Head of State. The scope of work extended to the adjacent corridors and the mashrabiya that screens the suites from the hotel’s central atrium space beyond.
Ten design teams included students from eight Qatar high schools – Al Bayan Educational Complex for Girls; Al-Ieman Secondary Independent School for Girls; Al Khor International School; Al Wakra Independent Secondary School for Boys; Doha College; Gulf English School; Qatar Academy; Qatar Leadership Academy – architecture students from Qatar University and Carnegie Mellon University, and interior design students from VCU Qatar.