HOK designs monumental new airport for Doha

The undulating roof of the departure hall evokes Doha’s physical topography.

DOHA – Capable of accommodating up to 30 million passengers annually with 41 contact gates, HOK’s Hamad International Airport Passenger Terminal Complex anticipates the ongoing economic growth of Qatar’s capital city. The global firm exercised its renowned attention to sustainability and context in its choice of materials, with steel frames supporting high-performance glass walls and skylights that reduce solar heat gain and glare while flooding the interior with natural light and offering views of the surrounding desert. Structural arches, minimalist adornment and terrazzo floors optimise circulation inside. A wood-paneled ceiling spanning the longest concourse attempts to provide a warm, homey contrast to the metallic frame and the hectic flux of travelers.

The main entrance volume heightens the iconic aesthetic of the airport with an undulating roof intended to recall ocean waves and sand dunes – evoking Doha’s physical topography and asserting an image as the country’s ‘gateway to the world’, in the architects’ words. A public mosque lying south of the passenger terminal echoes this identity by linking Qatar’s cultural heritage to the present with a geodesic dome and minaret.

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