Detail of phase 3B (aviation campus).
Workers at Qatar's soon-to-open Hamad International Airport in Doha can look forward to more than HOK's ripple-roofed shopping mecca. Once OMA's 30-year master plan is in place, they'll be able to call the new airport campus home. Is living at work less of a bummer when you live in a Kool(haas) neighborhood?
OMA has released renderings for Doha's planned Airport City, which consists of four circular zones that run parallel to the runways. Like single-use town districts supporting the business of the airport, they are divided by function: aviation, logistics, business, and residential. Said Koolhaas, “We are delighted and honoured to participate in the exciting growth of Doha, in a project that is perhaps the first serious effort anywhere in the world to interface between an international airport and the city it serves.”
With a footprint of just under four square miles, the Airport City will include a new transport hub that connects with Doha (business district), offices and educational facilities (aviation campus), cargo and warehousing (logistics zone), and, of course, housing along the new Doha Bay Marina for future employees. A "green spine" that runs north-south will be open to residents and tourists, who can move among a network of gardens and plazas encompassed by the "desert park" that will surround the site.
Phase one — which includes infrastructure, utilities, and the visual concept for the transport hub — is expected to wrap up in time for the Qatar-hosted World Cup in 2022.
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