Barcelona-based Xavier Vilalta Studio have won a competition to design a new tower in Doha, Qatar. The Alpha Project aims to sensitively capture the essence and culture of Doha, with ancient design traditions forming the fundamental basis of the plan and modern building technologies used as a tool of expression.
The design is generated and molded by the surrounding environment, working in harmony to take full advantage of the available natural resources. The structure provides stable conditions in the harsh climate and the energy harnessed from wind, water, and the sun make it a completely self-reliant ecosystem.
The unique skin of the building is based on the ancient Arabic pattern of the GIRIH tiles, which is also used as the backbone of the planning. It defines and shades the semi-outdoor spaces throughout the interior of the building and extends outwards, strengthening the connection between the interior and exterior of the building.